Pharmacy Checker vs.Big Pharma: The Antitrust Suit You Need to Know About

Did you know that brand name medications can cost up to 90% less from legitimate Canadian pharmacies and foreign pharmacies than from a US pharmacy?  

The universal need for safe, accessible, low-cost medication is at the center of online pharmacy directory Pharmacy Checker’s recent lawsuit against 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).

A ruling in favor of Pharmacy Checker would champion the human right to affordable medication and push to the forefront the issue of inappropriate shadow regulation. It would help websites like You Drugstore continue to do what we do.

Is Pharmacy Checker Legitimate?

Pharmacy Checker evaluates and accredits online pharmacies that sell brand name medications at low prices. It provides a legitimate online pharmacy list and information on safely importing affordable prescription medications into the United States.

Big Pharma is said to be driving Pharmacy Checker off the internet via gatekeepers like search engines, advertising networks, and domain name registrars. This is in direct opposition to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA)’s guidelines, which state that Americans can import up to a 90-day supply of prescription medications for personal use.  

Are Online Pharmacies Safe?

Online pharmacies like the ones accredited by Pharmacy Checker are safe and secure. The verification process examines a pharmacy’s license and prescription requirements. Approved pharmacies are licensed and sell brand name drugs only to individuals who submit a valid prescription.

What is Shadow Regulation?

Shadow regulation is defined as voluntary agreements between companies to regulate use of the Internet and the speech of others, often without the consumers’ knowledge.

In this case, the relationships between Big Pharma and Internet gatekeepers are regulating the consumers’ access to both information regarding safe, low-cost medications from foreign pharmacies and the medications themselves.

What is Big Pharma Accused Of?

Big Pharma is accused of leveraging shadow regulation and misinformation to prevent consumers from accessing affordable medication:

  • Suppressing information on search engines like Google and Bing
  • Suppressing market competition
  • Spreading misinformation regarding the purchase of prescription medications online from international pharmacies
  • Inflating prescription drug pricing
  • Creation of a “Not Recommended Sites” blacklist

What is the Blacklist?

The “Not Reco mmended Sites” blacklist prevents many safe, legal and affordable foreign pharmacies from appearing reputable:

  • Created by the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP) alongside the Center for Safe Internet Pharmacies (CSIP)
  • Lists many safe international online pharmacies that have been vetted by Pharmacy Checker to prevent consumers from accessing them
  • NABP and CSIP, alongside several co-defendants, persuaded top search engines Google and Bing to penalize these websites in their search results
  • In 2018, NABP added to the blacklist despite it not being a web pharmacy, further preventing individuals from accessing information regarding safe and affordable drugs

Pharmacy Checker’s antitrust suit stands up against Big Pharma’s fight to keep U.S. drug prices high and protect the profits of large pharmaceutical companies. What the lawsuit alleges is in direct opposition to the Sherman Antitrust Act, which prohibits companies from joining to block a competitor from the market, removing that competitor and retaining higher prices.

At You Drugstore, we believe in the universal human right to safe, affordable, accessible medication, and support Pharmacy Checker in the fight for online transparency and accountability. We will work tirelessly to continue to connect our customers with the prescription medications you need at costs you can afford.