Study: Credentialed Online Pharmacies Sell Authentic Rx Drugs

Credentialed online pharmacies are selling authentic, high-quality prescription drugs, according to a new study by the National Bureau of Economic Research, the Wall Street Journal's "Health Blog" reports.

For the study, researchers examined 370 brand name prescription drugs purchased from 41 different online pharmacies.

Study Findings

Researchers found that many unverified websites sold products that were not authentic, such as fake Viagra. However, they found that all of the prescription drugs sold by credentialed online pharmacies -- including credentialed online pharmacies based outside the U.S. -- were authentic.

Roger Bate of the American Enterprise Institute, one of the authors of the study, said, "That would lead me to believe these credentialed sites most of the time, if not all of the time, are selling good quality drugs."

Credentialing Organizations

Researchers noted that the credentialing organizations that certify U.S.-based online pharmacies are:

Organizations that certify online pharmacies based outside the U.S. include:

  • The Canadian International Pharmacy Association; and
  • (Rockoff, "Health Blog," Wall Street Journal, 3/29).
Lee Graczyk
I am glad to see that this study confirms what we have known all along: personal drug importation through legitimate Canadian and other international online pharmacies is a safe, money-saving option for Americans.  As this article states, medications tested from credentialed international online pharmacies were found to be authentic. Another key finding of the study not reported here is that prescription drugs from verified, international pharmacies were an average of 52.5 percent cheaper than those from U.S.-based pharmacies. RxRights is a national coalition of individuals and organizations dedicated to promoting and protecting American consumer access to sources of safe, affordable prescription drugs.

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