ONLINE PHARMACY ARTICLES
Rogue Online Pharmacies: The Internet
War Of 2005
by Ian Mason
Online Pharmacy owners who haven't been working within
moral and governmental regulations are in for the ride
of their lives. In past months, many of these so called
"rogue pharmacies" have either voluntarily shut
down or been closed by the powers that be. However, the
major illegitimate players have been unable to cover their
tracks, and some have been outright irresponsible.
Back in 2002, it was easy and comforting to start a personal
affiliate site for one of the few legitimate online pharmacies
around. However, from 2003 on it became clear that some
business-savvy people thought it was fine to sell counterfeit
prescription medications, or even go as far as charging
a hefty "doctor's fee" for processing an online
consultation when no doctors were involved!
Since those days began, numerous restrictions of trade
have been put into effect over the whole span of online
pharmacy industry. These restrictions are, so far, limited
mainly to advertising. But, without quality advertising,
how can one's business acquire customers? For example,
search engine giant Google made a policy change which
prohibited online pharmacy advertisers from using its
AdWords pay-per-click ad service; that is, unless they
had a SquareTrade online pharmacy license. I won't even
get into the problems with that system.
In the past months, anyone who watches the health news
sector has read all the stories of online pharmacy owners
going to jail for 4 years on average and being required
to forfeit most of their assets such as Porsche sports
cars and penthouses. After all, when you get away charge
large fees for services you don't provide, the cash should
just roll in.
Recent news reports talk of the software company Microsoft
and Pfizer teaming up to shut down a whole network or
ring of illegitimate online pharmacies. Out of a total
of 17 law suits, named operations include "CanadaPharmacy,"
"E-Pharmacy Direct," "DiscountRx,"
"VirtualRx", and "EzyDrugStore."
The reasoning behind this latest group of law suits stands
on the platform of ridding the online pharmacy industry
of sellers of counterfeit drugs. These cases involve counterfeit
versions of Pfizer's flagship medication, Viagra, a safe
solution to the embarrassing and stressful problem of
erectile dysfunction. If this is about drugs, you ask,
then why is Microsoft involved? Well, as the owner of
the Hotmail free email service used by millions of people,
the company seems to have vowed to do all it can to kill
off the companies such as those above, who send out hundreds
of millions of emails to Hotmail customers, carefully
crafted to get past current spam filters.
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About the Author
Ian Mason, owner of Shoppe.MD Online Pharmacy