is the President and founder of LegitScript. John Horton
founded LegitScript in May 2007, after working for more than five years at the White House Office
of National Drug Control Policy, where his focus was on prescription drug policy, including Internet pharmacies.
I believe that online pharmacies
represent a lot of promise. Standing at the intersection of technology and health care, safe online pharmacies are not only convenient, but they can also help keep costs down.
The problem is, only 2% - 3% of all Internet pharmacies meet LegitScript's standards for safety and legality - standards that are endorsed by the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy
. By contrast, well over 90% of Internet pharmacies are outright illegal, selling prescription drugs without a valid prescription; offering unregulated and potentially unsafe pharmaceuticals; and/or lacking required pharmacy licenses. The rogue Internet pharmacy market is a multi-billion dollar market
, and these shady websites' mission isn't to help others - but to turn a proﬁt even if it means putting people and pets at risk.