About Us

Our Purpose: Safe And Legitimate Online Pharmacies

The uniting purpose of the Alliance for Safe Online Pharmacies (ASOP) is to protect patient safety globally and ensure patient access to safe and legitimate online pharmacies in accordance with applicable laws.

Who We Are

The Alliance for Safe Online Pharmacies is a 501(c)(4) social welfare organization dedicated to improving patient safety on the Internet globally.  To find out more about how we work, or to learn how to apply for membership, please see our Who We Are page.

What We Do

The Alliance for Safe Online Pharmacies provides stakeholders a unified voice to engage in advocacy, education and outreach. Learn more about our objectives on our What We Do page.

Our Full Purpose Statement

The uniting purpose of the Alliance for Safe Online Pharmacies (ASOP) is to protect patient safety globally and ensure patient access to safe and legitimate online pharmacies in accordance with applicable laws.

In today’s world, the Internet has been a positive force for knowledge, information, and convenience. We believe that patients deserve the right to enjoy the convenience of the Internet and access safe and legitimate websites to receive their medicines. Despite the existence of many safe online pharmacies which do adhere to safety standards, the nature of the Internet has opened the door to thousands of criminal or rogue internet sites posing as legitimate pharmacies and selling potentially unsafe medicines. The result: patients are just one click away from purchasing medicine that could have a dangerous or fatal consequence.

  • report issued by The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that 50% of the prescription medicines sold online by websites that hide their physical address are counterfeit
  • According to LegitScript, a U.S. based Internet company, 92-95% of online “pharmacies” are actually rogue websites operating in violation of U.S. laws.

The Internet was largely commercialized in 1995, but the majority of laws that govern the sale of medicines were enacted much earlier.  Several countries have not updated laws and regulations that should govern the sale of medicines on the Internet, despite the increasing number of online pharmacies and a growing criminal network of illicit online drug sellers.  Dating back to 1999, legislators in the U.S. Congress introduced legislation aimed at protecting patients by improving the oversight and regulation of online pharmacies and reducing the ease with which illegal online drug sellers operate, but nothing has addressed the problem successfully. In 2008, the U.S. Congress took an initial step forward by passing into law the Ryan Haight Online Pharmacy Consumer Protection Act  to try to ensure patient safety in connection with online sales of controlled substances. Building on the momentum for patient safety reflected in the Ryan Haight Online Pharmacy Consumer Protection Act, ASOP seeks to educate patients and federal decision-makers about the risks that still exist from illegal online sales of prescription medicines that are not controlled substances and steps that can be taken to protect consumers from these illegal online drug sellers. The reality is that in the majority of countries, there are no regulations to ensure that a prescription medicine is safe when bought through an illegal online drug seller; and we must do more to protect the patient.

Contact Information

Media: Members of ASOP are available to do interviews. To schedule one, please call 202-499-2296

Policy staff: Members of ASOP are available to give deskside briefings to government officials, elected officials, and their legislative staff on the issues surrounding patient safety and online pharmacies.  To schedule one, please call 202-499-2296.

Other interested parties: Please contact us by using this form.