ASOP Global Statement on Fake COVID-19 Claims Online
WASHINGTON – March 20, 2020. In response to widespread misinformation about COVID-19 online, the Alliance for Safe Online Pharmacies (ASOP Global), issued the following statement today:
While the nation struggles to deal with the public health implications of the COVID-19 pandemic, criminals are exploiting fear and confusion for profit by peddling fake preventions, treatments and cures online. At best, these phony products are ineffective, at worst, they are deadly.
We applaud Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner Dr. Stephen Hahn’s leadership in warning patients not to fall victim to health fraud scams promulgated by predators via illegal online ‘pharmacy’ websites, social media and online advertisements. In the U.S., the FDA and the Federal Trade Commission are working hard to stop online fraud, while internationally, the European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF) is taking action to halt the illicit trafficking of fake COVID-19 products, such as masks, sanitizers and test kits.
While there is currently no FDA-approved vaccine or cure for COVID-19, we can help prevent the epidemic of misinformation about this virus. The Centers for Disease Control and World Health Organization are trusted sources for accurate information about the Coronavirus and should remain as a first line resource. To learn about how to protect yourself and your loved ones when buying medicine online, please visit ASOP Global’s website for information.
ABOUT ASOP GLOBAL
The Alliance for Safe Online Pharmacies (ASOP Global), a 501(c)(4) non-profit organization headquartered in Washington, D.C. with activities in U.S., Canada, Europe, India, Latin America and Asia, is dedicated to protecting consumers around the world, ensuring safe access to medications, and combating illegal online drug sellers. ASOP Global has an expansive membership including non-profit public health organizations, international members, pharmacy members, as well as pharmaceutical manufacturers.