News Releases

ASOP Global Applauds House Passage of the INFORM Consumers Act 

November 17, 2022

ASOP commends the U.S. House of Representatives for passing H.R. 5502, the Integrity, Notification, and Fairness in Online Retail Marketplaces (INFORM) for Consumers Act. The bipartisan bill requires online marketplaces to verify high-volume sellers and provide consumers with their contact information. The legislation also enables law enforcement to prosecute criminals and remove counterfeit, dangerous, or defective products from online marketplaces.

 

New ASOP Global Foundation-funded Report Examines Impact of Lock and Suspend on Illegal Online Pharmacies

October 14, 2022

A new report by The National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP), sponsored by ASOP Global Foundation, shows that locking and suspending websites that illegally sell prescription medications online directly impacts patient safety.

Kellie Barr Selected to Serve as a United States Magistrate Judge 

August 8, 2022

The Alliance for Safe Online Pharmacies (ASOP) and the ASOP Global Foundation congratulate Kellie M. Barr on being selected to serve as a United States Magistrate Judge.

Alliance for Safe Online Pharmacy in the EU (ASOP EU) announces new Director

July 22, 2022

ASOP EU is delighted to announce that Stefan Feltens, the President of the European Association of E-Pharmacies (EAEP) will become a Director of ASOP EU, adding significant influence to this important patient safety initiative.

Moderna Joins ASOP Global as Newest Member

June 23, 2022

The Alliance for Safe Online Pharmacies (ASOP Global) welcomed pioneering global pharmaceutical company Moderna as a new member organization today, expanding the company’s long-standing leadership on patient safety issues.

ASOP Congratulates Patient Safety Advocates and ASOP Board of Directors Members on New Leadership Roles 

June 9, 2022

The Alliance for Safe Online Pharmacies (ASOP) is thrilled to congratulate President of the Board of Directors, John Hertig, PharmD, MS, FASHP, and Board Member Ilisa Bernstein on their recent promotions. Hertig has been named Chair of Pharmacy Practice in Butler University’s College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences (COPHS). Bernstein, PharmD, JD, FAPhA, has been named Interim CEO of the American Pharmacists Association (APhA).

ASOP Global Encouraged by Inclusion of Consumer Health and Safety Protections in America COMPETES Act

January 28, 2022

The Alliance for Safe Online Pharmacies (ASOP Global) is encouraged to see the inclusion of critical consumer health and safety protections in the America Competes in Manufacturing, Pre-Eminence in Technology, and Economic Strength Act (America COMPETES Act) introduced in the House this week.

ASOP Global Endorses Bipartisan, Bicameral DRUGS Act

January 5, 2022

The Alliance for Safe Online Pharmacies (ASOP Global) applauds Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), Rep. Bobby Rush (D-IL), and Rep. David McKinley (R-WV) for the bicameral introduction of the bipartisan Domain Reform for Unlawful druG Sellers Act (DRUGS Act).

ASOP Global Endorses DRUGS Act Aimed at Protecting American Consumers from Dangerous, Fake, and Illegal Drug Sales Online

December 21, 2021

The Alliance for Safe Online Pharmacies strongly supports S.3399, the Domain Reform for Unlawful druG Sellers Act (DRUGS Act).

ASOP Global Endorses the Domain Reform for Unlawful druG Sellers (DRUGS) Act

December 16, 2021

The Alliance for Safe Online Pharmacies (ASOP Global) applauds Sens. Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) for introducing the bipartisan S.3399 Domain Reform for Unlawful druG Sellers Act (DRUGS Act) yesterday

ASOP Global Applauds Congress for Swift Action on the INFORM Consumers Act

November 17, 2021

ASOP Global applauds the U.S. House Energy & Commerce Committee for moving this critical bill swiftly through the legislative process.

ASOP Global Applauds Senate Commerce Subcommittee for Highlighting the Dangers of Online Counterfeit Drugs

October 26, 2021

The Alliance for Safe Online Pharmacies (ASOP Global) applauds the Senate Commerce Subcommittee on Consumer Protection, Product Safety, and Data Security for calling attention to the dangers of deadly drugs easily obtained online.

ASOP Global Urges Swift Passage of the INFORM Consumers Act

October 14, 2021

ASOP Global applauds Congress for moving the INFORM Consumers Act quickly through the legislative process and urges the bill’s swift passage to send a powerful message to online criminals that they can no longer act anonymously and without punishment.

ASOP Global Statement on SHOP SAFE Markup

September 29, 2021

The Alliance for Safe Online Pharmacies (ASOP Global) issued the following statement regarding the SHOP SAFE Act of 2021 markup.

ASOP Global Condemns Websites Falsely Marketing Ivermectin as a COVID Cure

September 15, 2021

ASOP Global joins members of the American Pharmacists Association (APhA) and American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP), along with the American Medical Association (AMA), in warning against the ordering, prescribing, or dispensing of ivermectin to prevent or treat COVID-19 outside of a clinical trial.

ASOP Global Participates in Third FDA Online Opioid Summit

September 9, 2021

The Alliance for Safe Online Pharmacies (ASOP Global) will participate in the third U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Online Opioid Summit. The Summit provides a critical forum for experts from academia, government, private, and nonprofit sectors to collaborate on ways to detect and reduce the availability of opioids on the internet.

ASOP EU and Health Stakeholders Call on European Parliament, European Council to Expand Digital Services Act to Include Internet Intermediaries

July 18, 2021

The Alliance for Safe Online Pharmacies in the EU (ASOP EU), along with six health-centered organizations, co-signed a letter to members of the European Parliament and the European Council requesting the expansion of the proposed Digital Services Act (DSA) to include online intermediaries.

New National ASOP Foundation Survey:  As More Americans Buy Meds on the Internet, Most Prioritize Cost & Convenience Over Safety.

July 12, 2021

According to a new national survey the ASOP Global Foundation commissioned from Abacus Data, nearly half of American consumers are willing to risk threats to their health by purchasing medications from unregulated online sources for the sake of more convenience and lower prices. Further, U.S drug importation policies give consumers a false sense of security, leading many to misbelieve that all Canadian medicines sold online are safe and legitimate. Alarmingly, more than one-third of consumers polled say they would knowingly ignore explicit government prohibitions from buying medicines from Canadian online pharmacies because of their misperceptions that they can safely access cheaper medications from sources abroad.

ASOP Global Opposes New Biden Policy on Canadian Drug Importation. 

July 12, 2021

Friday, President Biden issued an Executive Order that directs the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to work with states and tribes on plans to import prescription drugs from Canada. In response, Alliance for Safe Online Pharmacies (ASOP Global) issued the following statement.

ASOP Global Applauds HHS Reversal of the Trump Administration’s Drug Importation Scheme

 July 8, 2021

The Alliance for Safe Online Pharmacies issued the following statement in response to the Department of Health and Human Services announcement that it will revoke a Trump-era call for proposals to create pathways for personal prescription drug and insulin importation from other countries.

ASOP EU Gains Official Observer Status at the Medicrime Convention Committee of the Parties

May 26, 2021

The Alliance for Safe Online Pharmacy in the EU (ASOP EU) has joined the Medicrime Committee of the Parties (CoP) as an Observer.

ASOP Global Expresses Support for SHOP SAFE Act

May 26, 2021

The Alliance for Safe Online Pharmacies issued the following statement in support of the “Stopping Harmful Offers on Platforms by Screening Against Fakes in E-commerce Act” (SHOP SAFE Act) and this week’s congressional hearing on the legislation.

ASOP Global Endorses INFORM Consumers Act

May 25, 2021

the Alliance for Safe Online Pharmacies issued the following statement in support of the bipartisan Integrity, Notification, and Fairness in Online Retail Marketplaces for Consumers Act (INFORM Consumers Act).

New Report Demonstrates Implementing the Falsified Medicines Directive in Hospitals Brings Massive Positive Change

April 7, 2021

The European Alliance for Access to Safe Medicines (EAASM) has published its report ‘Patient Safety and the Implementation of the Falsified Medicines Directive in the Hospital Environment: Practical solutions and benefits’. Read the full release here.

ASOP Global Statement on Congressional Hearing with CEOs of Facebook, Twitter, and Google
March 26, 2021

The Alliance for Safe Online Pharmacies issued the following statement about yesterday’s joint hearing on disinformation and the role of social media before the Subcommittee on Communications and Technology and the Subcommittee on Consumer Protection and Commerce of the Committee on Energy and Commerce.

ASOP Global Welcomes Opportunity to Work with HHS Secretary Becerra

March 18, 2021

Today, the Alliance for Safe Online Pharmacies issued the following statement in response to the United States Senate’s confirmation of Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra.

ASOP Global Applauds the Reintroduction of the PACT Act
March 17, 2021

The Alliance for Safe Online Pharmacies (ASOP Global) issued the following statement in support of the recently reintroduced Platform Accountability and Consumer Transparency Act (PACT Act).

Novartis Joins ASOP Global as Newest Member
February 2, 2021
The Alliance for Safe Online Pharmacies is proud to welcome global health care company Novartis as a new member organization.

ASOP Global Reaffirms Support for Targeted Section 230 Reform Bill
February 1, 2021

The Alliance for Safe Online Pharmacies issued the following statement in response to the reintroduction of the See Something Say Something Online Act by Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and John Cornyn (R-TX).

ASOP Global Applauds NTIA for Urging Congress to Protect Americans Online
January 6, 2021
As a member of the Coalition for a Secure and Transparent Internet (CSTI), the Alliance for Safe Online Pharmacies (ASOP Global) signed recent letters applauding the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) for calling on the House and Senate to address open access to accurate WHOIS data.

ASOP Global Commends U.S. Attorney Hur for Fighting Against COVID-19 Fraud
December 21, 2020
In response to the recent seizure by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Maryland of websites for fraudulently posing as legitimate biotechnology companies actively developing treatments for COVID-19, the Alliance for Safe Online Pharmacies (ASOP Global) issued the following statement.

ASOP Global Urges Consumers to Remain Aware of COVID-19 Fraud
December 11, 2020
In response to the anticipated emergency use authorizations (EUAs) for several COVID-19 vaccines and availability of a direct-to-consumer COVID-19 test system, the Alliance for Safe Online Pharmacies (ASOP Global) issued the following statement.

ASOP Canada Statement on Health Canada Interim Order to Prevent Diversion of Canada’s Drug Supply
November 30, 2020
In response to Health Canada’s release of an Interim Order (IO) to prevent the diversion of Health Canada-approved medicines, ASOP Canada issued the following statement.

ASOP Global Statement of Opposition to Drug Importation Rule
November 30, 2020
In response to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Importation of Prescription Drugs Final Rule taking effect today, the Alliance for Safe Online Pharmacies (ASOP Global) issued the following statement of opposition.

ASOP Global Statement On Launch Of Amazon Pharmacy
November 17, 2020
The Alliance for Safe Online Pharmacies (ASOP Global) issued the following statement in response to the launch today of Amazon Pharmacy.

New Survey Reveals Dangerous Disconnect in American Perceptions of Online Pharmacies
October 19, 2020
According to a new national survey the Alliance for Safe Online Pharmacies (ASOP Global) commissioned from Abacus Data, the COVID-19 pandemic is accelerating an already growing trend toward the digitalization of the healthcare industry, including increased utilization of telemedicine and the purchase of medications online.

ASOP Global Statement on New Section 230 Reform Bill 
September 29, 2020
The Alliance for Safe Online Pharmacies (ASOP Global) issued the following statement in response to the introduction today of the See Something Say Something Online Act by Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and John Cornyn (R-TX).

ASOP Global Statement on the Publication of FDA’s Final Rule on Drug Importation
September 25, 2020
In response to yesterday’s publication of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Final Rule on Drug Importation, the Alliance for Safe Online Pharmacies (ASOP Global) issued the following statement.

ASOP Canada Statement on U.S. Final Rule to Import Prescription Medicines from Canada
September 25, 2020
In response to yesterday’s announcement by the Trump Administration and final regulations to allow importation of prescription medicines, ASOP Canada issued the following statement.

ASOP Global Statement on FDA Crackdown on Website Operators Illegally Selling Opioids
September 10, 2020
The Alliance for Safe Online Pharmacies (ASOP Global) issued the following statement in response to warning letters issued by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to 17 website operators advertising and selling illegal, unapproved and misbranded opioids online.

ASOP Global Statement on President Trump’s Executive Order on Accelerated Timeline for State Drug Importation Proposals
July 27, 2020
In response to the Executive Order President Trump signed Friday to set price controls on drugs imported from other countries into the U.S., the Alliance for Safe Online Pharmacies (ASOP Global), issued the following statement.

ASOP Global Applauds the Introduction of the Platform Accountability and Consumer Transparency Act
June 24, 2020
The Alliance for Safe Online Pharmacies (ASOP Global) issued the following statement in response to today’s announcement by Senate Commerce, Science, Transportation Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, Innovation and the Internet Chairman John Thune (R-SD) and Ranking Member Brian Schatz (D-HI) regarding the introduction of the Platform Accountability and Consumer Transparency Act (PACT Act).

Canadians are more open to ordering medication and medical supplies online amid the COVID-19 pandemic
June 18, 2020
A new comprehensive survey released today from the Alliance for Safe Online Pharmacies Canada (ASOP Canada) revealed that since the COVID-19 pandemic began, half of Canadians have become more open to ordering medication, medical supplies or other healthcare products online.

Youth IGF Movement Form An Alliance With 3 French Healthcare Companies And ASOP EU Launching A Global Education Programme To Combat COVID-19 Scams And Fake Medicines
June 10, 2020
The Youth IGF Movement, created by Yuliya Morenets, has teamed up with the Alliance for Safe Online Pharmacy in the EU (ASOP EU) supported by three French global healthcare companies Ipsen, Sanofi and Servier to educate the youth about buying fake medicines online in particular COVID-19 scams. The campaign is called “We rely on you. We rely on youth”.

ASOP Global Statement on FDA/NTIA Pilot Program to Stop Illegal Online Opioid Sales
June 9, 2020
The Alliance for Safe Online Pharmacies (ASOP Global) issued the following statement in response to yesterday’s joint announcement by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) of a new pilot program to help stop the illegal sale of opioids online.

ASOP Global Commends USTR for Identifying Bad Actors in Domain Name Industry
May 5, 2020
In response to the release of the Office of the United States Trade Representative’s (USTR) annual Special 301 Report on Intellectual Property Protection and Review of Notorious Markets for Counterfeiting and Piracy, ASOP Global issued the following statement.

43 Stakeholders Have Now Joined ASOP Global’s Call for the Administration to Take Action to Protect Consumers from Online COVID-19 Scams and Misinformation
April 21, 2020
More than 40 public health, trade association, industry, and research groups, including the National Consumers League (NCL) and the Coalition for a Secure and Transparent Internet (CSTI), have now joined the Alliance for Safe Online Pharmacies (ASOP Global) in urging Vice President Mike Pence, members of the White House Coronavirus Task Force, cabinet officials, and other state and national leaders to take further action to protect consumers from online COVID-19 scams and misinformation.

ASOP Global Statement on Senators’ Call for Domain Industry Accountability to Combat COVID-19 Misinformation and Fraud
April 15, 2020

In response to letters sent by Senators Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii), Cory Booker (D-N.J.) and Maggie Hassan (D-N.H.) calling on domain name registrars and hosts to fight scams and misinformation during the COVID-19 crisis, the Alliance for Safe Online Pharmacies (ASOP Global) issued the following statement today.

ASOP Global Urges Administration to Act Now to Protect Consumers from Online COVID-19 Scams and Misinformation
April 9, 2020
The Alliance for Safe Online Pharmacies (ASOP Global) and more than 30 other public health, trade association, industry, and research groups, including the National Consumers League (NCL) and the Coalition for a Secure and Transparent Internet (CSTI), sent a joint letter today to Vice President Mike Pence, members of the White House Coronavirus Task Force, cabinet officials, and other state and national leaders urging them to take further action to protect consumers from online COVID-19 scams and misinformation.

In response to the newly released report by the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) and the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) entitled “Illicit Trade in Counterfeit Pharmaceutical Products,” the Alliance for Safe Online Pharmacy in the EU (ASOP EU) applauds the research conducted to better highlight and quantify the pervasive threat of illegal online drug sellers.

ASOP Global Statement on EUIPO and OECD Counterfeit Pharmaceuticals Trade Report
March 23, 2020
In response to a new report released by the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) and the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) on fake medicines and the global illicit trade in counterfeit pharmaceuticals, the Alliance for Safe Online Pharmacies (ASOP Global), issued the following statement

ASOP Global Statement on Fake COVID-19 Claims Online
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.

ASOP Global Names ASHP’s Schulte Wall to Board of Directors
March 5, 2020

The Alliance for Safe Online Pharmacies (ASOP Global) has named Jillanne Schulte Wall, J.D. to its board of directors.

ASOP Global Names New Board of Director Members
January 24, 2020
ASOP Global has named three new members to its board of directors, including former U.S. Food and Drug Administration compliance and policy official Dr. Ilisa Bernstein.