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Rogues and Registrars: Top 10 List (May 2013)

Like last month, there have been hardly any changes in rankings of the domain name registrars where rogue Internet pharmacies set up shop. We have been following the rise of Japan’s GMO Internet (aka onamae.com or お名前.com) in the ranks since we … Continue reading

Edible Earth and other problematic products added to LegitScript database

Potentially harmful products such as edible clay and erectile dysfunction treatments have recently been added to LegitScript’s database in an effort to inform and protect consumers. They are as follows: Clay Products The medicinal clay dietary supplements listed below pose risks because … Continue reading

China’s policies on Internet pharmacies

Note: This is part of a series of overviews of drug policies and regulations in countries outside the United States as they relate to Internet-based pharmaceutical sales. In LegitScript’s day-to-day operations evaluating the legitimacy of Internet pharmacies, our analysts monitor … Continue reading

中国和中国香港关于网络药房的政策

备注:本文是世界各国除美国以外关于网络医药品销售政策和法规的系列之一。 评估网络药房的合法性是理基公司的日常运作,我们的分析师监督世界各国的网站以及广告 - 我们的审批标准和这些国家的相关法律和法规对应。 目前中国大陆和香港特别行政区对于网络药房的管理政策实行“一国两制“的方案。也就是说中国大陆和香港特别行政区有着不同的法律体制和政府机构。 国家食品药品监督管理总局是中国大陆在食品和药品方面的权威机构。所有在中国大陆出售的药品以及保健品都必须与国家食品药品监督管理总局注册。所有出售药品的网站也必须与国家食品药品监督管理总局注册。 卫生署药物办公室是中国香港特别行政区在食品和药品方面的权威机构。所有在香港出售的药品都必须与卫生署药物办公室注册。药品的包装必须印有香港的注册号。 中国大陆的药品是如何分类的? 药品的分类有以下几种: 1)受国家监管的药物: 麻醉药品(只有获得麻醉药品的执业医师才能开具处方) 精神药品(只有获得第一类精神药品处方资格的执业医师才能开具第一类精神药品处方) 2)处方药 3)非处方药 甲类非处方药 (红色标签),可以在医院和药房出售 乙类非处方药 (绿色标签),除了可以在医院和药房出售以外,也可以零售。 4) 双跨药: 一些药品即可以是非处方药,也可以是处方药,取决于病人是长期或短期服用。比如:阿司匹林是非处方药,但是如果病人需要长期服用此药,也可以被医生开具成处方药。 香港特别行政区的药品是如何分类的? 1)处方药 西药处方药。 中药处方药。 2) 非处方药 非毒药,可以零售。 第II部毒药可于药房或药行出售。 第I部毒药可于药剂师在场监督下于药房出售。 卫生署药物办公室表示标示「毒药」的字眼可对消费者们起警告作用,因使用不正确的剂量或错误使用此类药物可对健康造成严重损害。非毒药的具体信息可以在这里查到。 中国允许网络药房吗? 在中国大陆,只有非处方药可以在网上出售。 在香港,只有非毒药和第II部毒药可以在网上出售。 对于中国网络药房,什么是合法的,什么是非法的? 在中国大陆,只有非处方药可以在网上出售。由互联网药品交易资格证的药房可以在其网站上展示处方药,但是不可以以网络的形式出售处方药。 注册的非处方药和保健品都必须在产品包装上印有相映的表示(见下图)。国家食品药品监督管理总局的数据库提供所有的药品,保健品,以及合法注册的互联网药房名单。 在香港,医剂制品分成西药(注册号”HK-xxxxx”) 和中药 (注册号”HKC-xxxxx”). … Continue reading

Family fights pesticide marketed as weight loss aid after young woman’s death

A toxic substance that is used as a weight loss aid despite being banned for human consumption claimed the life of a 23-year-old woman last year, and her family is now seeking to make the substance illegal. Her death was … Continue reading

Rogues and Registrars: Top 10 List (April 2013)

Since our analysis last month, there hasn’t been much movement among the domain name registrars that are used most often by the operators of rogue Internet pharmacies — though as we track this monthly data, we remove registrars who are forward-leaning … Continue reading

How illicit online pharmacies misuse GPhC Internet pharmacy registration

Pharmacies in the United Kingdom, including those that sell medicines online, must register with the General Pharmaceutical Council, the regulatory body that sets standards for pharmacy owners and maintains a registry of pharmacy professionals in the UK. Like the National … Continue reading

Dangerous supplements: LegitScript global program helps consumers, companies assess products

Supplements and other healthcare products that claim to help with weight loss, erectile dysfunction, bodybuilding or even cancer treatment are a big business. They are also a dangerous business. Products that have not been approved as safe and effective and … Continue reading

Turkey’s policies on Internet pharmacies

Note: This is part of a series of overviews of drug policies and regulations in countries outside the United States as they relate to Internet drug sales. In LegitScript’s day-to-day operations evaluating the legitimacy of Internet pharmacies, our analysts monitor … Continue reading

Baidu, Jike.com add checks of Internet pharmacies and drug authenticity to their search platforms

Two Chinese search engines, market leader Baidu and state-run Jike.com, have recently taken steps to help Internet users identify counterfeit drugs and fraudulent online pharmacies. Jike.com announced in late February that it created a platform, bgt.jike.com, that allows Chinese citizens … Continue reading