A USAToday article referenced a 33 Drugs marketing affiliate, bestcds.info, in discussing rogue online pharmacies. As we commonly see, “Carl” of bestcds.info claimed that his website was legitimate:
“…a representative from one U.K. and Canadian-based online pharmacy, BestCDS.info, maintained its products were legitimate, and said it required faxed prescriptions from consumers. The manager, who said his name was Carl, said customers were mainly concerned about whether they would receive their order and not whether the order was counterfeit. He noted that the controversy over counterfeit drugs was overhyped and was intended to “spoil” his business.
Carl also derided online pharmacies for selling “sugar pills” to consumers, a practice his website had been accused of, although he said that these accusations were without merit and his company had not sold any fake medications.”
Hey Carl, you know full well that bestcds.info is part of the 33 Drugs (aka DrugRevenue) criminal network. Most of the network’s activity is out of Russia, and when we’ve conducted test buys in the past from 33 Drugs affiliates, the drugs come from India in a plain brown envelope, without a prescription, and don’t even look like the real thing.
LegitScript added a comment to the USAToday article. In it, we said:
LegitScript.com, which identifies rogue Internet pharmacies and is endorsed by the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy, has identified the online pharmacy referenced in this article, bestcds.info, as a rogue Internet pharmacy. The website is a “marketing affiliate” of a criminal network called “33 Drugs,” which is headquartered in Russia.
Websites like bestcds.info that are affiliated with 33 Drugs do not require a valid prescription and ship drugs that are not regulated for safety or authenticity (“not FDA-approved”) from entities or locations that are not validly licensed pharmacies. LegitScript.com has conducted test buys in the past from 33 Drugs affiliates, and the drugs come from India in plain brown envelopes. A prescription was not required, and the drugs were not even sent from a pharmacy.
This article highlights the interest that online drug criminals have in convincing members of the public that they are legal, licensed pharmacies, when in fact they are neither licensed or operating in accordance with pharmacy and drug safety laws and regulations.