Patient Safety Tools

Where it is legal to buy medicines online, it is important that patients know how to identify legal and legitimate sources.  The criminals who target unsuspecting patients are extremely clever and even people who frequently shop online can be fooled by what appear to be reputable sites but are, in reality, portals that enable criminal activity.

ASOP EU is at the forefront of the fight to raise awareness of falsified medicines online and, together with sister organisations such ASOP operating in the US and around the world, it has produced a range of tools to help people stay safe online.  These resources will help potential buyers to identify safe sources of medicines and, perhaps more importantly, to spot unsafe sources.

The EAASM (European Alliance for Access to Safe Medicines) is a member of ASOP EU and has long campaigned to identify the scale of the problem, raise public awareness of it and suggest improvements.  Its list of top tips when buying online can be accessed here.

Discounted or Dangerous? is an exposé of the online environment in five EU member States - two where online pharmacy is permitted and three where it is not.  To find out more about the reality of patient safety online, you can read the report here.

The Partnership for Safe Medicines monitors the falsified medicines arena and is a valuable source of news and information for patients.  Although a US-based organisation, the PSM has a great deal of information on its website that is equally relevant to a European audience.  you can link to the Partnership here.

The Center for Safe internet Pharmacies is a voluntary coalition of internet intermediaries, brought together at the behest of The US Intellectual Property Commissioner.  Its website contains patient information, as well as a link to help patients to find safe sources of medicine.  You can visit CSIP here. 





News from ASOP EU

New scientific article aims to help simplify fake medicine terminology

4 Apr 2017

A new in depth analysis of the evolution of the descriptions applied to falsified, counterfeit and fake medicines has just been published. It aims to help clarify and simplify this hitherto controversial area. With the number of increasing illegally operating websites selling medicines across the world clear and easy to understand descriptors which will help to make public awareness raising campaigns more effective.

ASOP EU member adopts top level domain name .pharmacy

23 Mar 2017

To help ensure absolute security and recognition of a genuine fully legal online seller of medicines, the web page of the European Association of Mail Service Pharmacies (EAMSP) recently became the first in Europe to switch its Top Level Domain to .pharmacy. 

EAASM and ASOP EU to be present at the 22nd Congress of the European Association Of Hospital Pharmacists 22-24 March 2017.

10 Mar 2017

Mike Isles will be speaking on “Falsified Medicines: The Role of the Pharmacist in Raising Patient Awareness.




ASOP EU Members


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