Pharmacy Checker’s Antitrust Suit Against Big Pharma

In August 2019, Pharmacy Checker filed a lawsuit against Big Pharma groups the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP), Alliance for Safe Online Pharmacies (ASOP), Center for Safe Internet Pharmacies Ltd. (CSIP), LegitScript LLC, and Partnership for Safe Medicines, Inc. (PSM).

The lawsuit alleges that these groups are working together to prevent public access to safe, accessible, affordable medication from and information regarding legitimate Canadian pharmacies and foreign pharmacies, which often charge up to 90% less than a US pharmacy.

This issue impacts websites like AIDS Drugs Online, which may be blacklisted as a result of Big Pharma’s shadow regulation. Read on to find out more.

Is Pharmacy Checker Legitimate?

Pharmacy Checker provides Internet users worldwide with a legitimate online pharmacy list. It accredits online pharmacies that offer safe, affordable medications and offers information on importing low-cost drugs into the United States.

Big Pharma is accused of banding together with Internet gatekeepers like search engines, advertising networks, and domain name registrars to push Pharmacy Checker and reputable online foreign pharmacies off the internet.

In contrast to this, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) states that Americans can legally import up to a 90-day supply of prescription medication for personal use.  

Are Online Pharmacies Safe?

Pharmacy Checker verifies the online pharmacies it lists, ensuring that each is licensed and requires a prescription before safely and securely dispensing medication.

Shadow Regulation

Shadow regulation happens when entrenched companies take actions to control the market without actual legislation or government-approved regulation supporting them.

Here, Big Pharma is accused of leveraging relationships with internet gatekeepers to prevent consumers from accessing  both information regarding ordering affordable prescription medications from online pharmacies and the medications themselves.

They are doing so in the following ways:

  • Suppressing information on major search engines
  • Suppressing the competition
  • Spreading misinformation
  • Inflating prescription pricing
  • Creating a blacklist

Not Recommended Sites” Blacklist

The “Not Recommended Sites” blacklist prevents online foreign pharmacies from appearing reputable to consumers:

  • Created by the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP) and the Center for Safe Internet Pharmacies (CSIP)
  • Lists online pharmacies accredited by Pharmacy Checker as unsafe
  • Google and Bing convinced to penalize these websites in search engine results pages (SERPs)
  • Despite it not being a pharmacy, NABP added PharmacyChecker.com to the blacklist in 2018, further preventing consumers from accessing useful information regarding prescription medications  

Pharmacy Checker’s antitrust suit is working against Big Pharma’s efforts to keep U.S. drug prices high and protect pharmaceutical company profits. The alleged actions of the accused are claimed to be in violation of the Sherman Antitrust Act, which prohibits the banding together of companies to block a market competitor.

AIDS Drugs Online supports Pharmacy Checker in the fight for universal access to safe, low-cost medications. We will continue to bring affordable HIV and AIDS medications, including PrEP, to our customers located worldwide.

Disclaimer: Please note that the contents of this article are for informational purposes only and should not be considered medical advice. This article, and other AIDS and HIV Information articles on AIDS Drugs Online, are not written by AIDS Drugs Online or reviewed by its staff for medical validity. All views and opinions expressed by the third-party authors are not endorsed by AIDS Drugs Online or its staff. Always consult a medical professional for medical advice.


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