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Algorithm could help keep consumers safe from illegal online pharmacies

from By Gail Short

The National Association of Boards of Pharmacy  reported this year that it identified dozens of illicit online pharmacies selling drugs marketed as treatments for COVID-19, drugs that would normally require a prescription. "Rogue internet pharmacy networks are run by criminal opportunists, and the COVID-19 pandemic has provided the perfect opportunity for illegal online drug sellers to prey on fearful consumers," the NABP says in its "Rogue Rx Activity Report." But now, researchers at Penn State University have developed an algorithm that may be able to identify which online pharmacies are legitimate and which ones are not. They wrote about their findings in the Journal of Medical Internet Research. more

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