InsideSources reported that the Food and Drug Administration and Drug Enforcement Administration issued warning letters to two websites selling counterfeit pharmaceuticals without prescriptions. Government and regulatory affairs partner Libby Baney, who is also senior advisor to the Alliance for Safe Online Pharmacies (ASOP Global), discussed the need for the Domain Reform for Unlawful Drug Sellers Act (DRUGS Act) to be passed.
According to the publication, the letters gave the sites 15 days to respond with the steps they will take to address violations. However, Baney said that the warning letters carry little weight since both sites are still in operation.
“Domain registrars are like the landlords of the internet,” Baney explained. “They control the dot-coms and namespaces of websites. They have the ability to shut down bad tenants on those landing pages. Just like a landlord can’t keep a lease from a tenant using a house for drug trafficking, internet landlords should not be making money from criminals.”