FIP Digital Event – Falsified Medicine and Misinformation on the Internet: Public Risk and Solutions
On July 12, 2022 the Alliance for Safe Online Pharmacies (ASOP Global), ASOP EU, and the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP) teamed up to present the FIP worldwide educational event Falsified Medicine and Misinformation on the Internet: Public Risk and Solutions.
Consumers throughout the world are increasingly looking to the internet to purchase their drugs. The worldwide pandemic has caused many consumers who had not done so previously to look to the internet for healthcare, healthcare information, and medicinal products. However, at any given time, 95% of the roughly 35,000 online drug sellers worldwide operate illegally, in violation of laws and placing consumers at risk.
Regulators throughout the world are monitoring the level of nefarious drug sellers and “medical clinics” on the internet. Regulatory solutions to combat and remove the presence of these harmful vendors and sites have not been widely implemented. Raising public awareness among consumers, healthcare providers, lawmakers, and social media platforms is an important step toward addressing the dangers of illegal online drug sellers and protecting patients.
Ronald Guse, chair of FIP Regulators Forum, moderated the discussion with panelists Senior Advisor to ASOP Global and Partner, Faegre Drinker LLP Libby Baney, Director of ASOP EU Mike Isles, and NABP Digital Health Senior Manager Justin Macy. Together they explored the impact of illegal online drug sellers and bogus medical clinics on the internet on the unsuspecting public and identified programs and initiatives currently in place to combat misinformation and enhance internet consumer safety.
You can watch the event and learn more here.