We are proud to announce that Neustar has teamed up with the White House and other Internet and technology companies to announce our participation in the Center for Safe Internet Pharmacies (CSIP). CSIP is a nonprofit organization bringing together private/public partnerships with law enforcement members to protect consumers from illicit online pharmacies.
It is shocking to think about, but well over 90 percent of all online pharmacies aren’t licensed. Drugs sold by these rogue pharmacies can be incredibly dangerous. Counterfeit products from illegal online drug sellers have been found to contain dangerously high levels of arsenic, tin, aluminum and even rat poison. And it’s a global problem. Counterfeit drug sales reached $75 billion globally in 2010, an increase, from 2005, of more than 90 percent.
Online drug sales by unlicensed pharmacies rely on a complex ecosystem of web sites, payment processing and shipping. To combat illegal activity, we need to address each layer of this ecosystem—from stopping the payments and shipping to actually removing the sites in question. That’s why we’re so excited to join forces with companies like Microsoft, Google, Yahoo, GoDaddy, Visa, Mastercard, Discover, and PayPal (among others) to help stem these transactions.
As a domain name registry, we are a critical part of the infrastructure that makes the Internet run, and as such, Neustar is poised to help stop these rogue pharmacies at their source—their web site.
In the coming months, you’ll hear more about CSIP and the work it’s doing. Until then we’re proud to be a part of this movement to keep online customer’s safe.