January 21, 2022

Congress Holds Registries and Registrars Accountable for Rogue Online Pharmacies

According to research by the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP), 95–96% of websites selling prescription drugs are doing so illegally and endangering patient health. Government and regulatory affairs partner Libby Baney and Faegre Drinker Consulting manager Jillian Brady co-authored an article for the NABP on Domain Reform for Unlawful Drug Sellers (DRUGS) Act requirements.

The authors explain that rogue online pharmacies put patients at risk by operating illegally. They also discuss efforts the NABP has taken to combat this issue, the aim of the DRUGS Act and what it would require internet registries and registrars to do.

In conclusion, the authors state that internet intermediaries positioned to stop these illegal activities most expediently, namely registries and registrars, should be accountable for doing so. Further, they emphasize that Congress must ensure that there is accountability across all facets of the internet, and the DRUGS Act is a significant step in the right direction.

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