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In August, Pharmacy Checker launched a lawsuit against Big Pharma, claiming the use of  shadow regulation by the defendant to control internet user access to information regarding accessing and importing low-cost medications from online foreign pharmacies.

Pharmacy giants the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP), Alliance for Safe Online Pharmacies (ASOP), Center for Safe Internet Pharmacies Ltd. (CSIP), LegitScript LLC, and Partnership for Safe Medicines, Inc. (PSM) are alleged to be forging agreements with a number of internet gatekeepers, including domain name registrars, advertisers and search engines. These agreements have led to the blacklisting of legitimate Canadian pharmacies, foreign pharmacies, and, which restricts consumer access to not only information regarding the online ordering of affordable medications but the medications themselves, such as Sculptra.

Further, the lawsuit claims that these shadow regulations are monopolizing the market, keeping U.S. drug prices high and preventing individuals in need from being able to afford their prescriptions.

Many consumers are unaware of the fact that medications can cost up to 90% less from an online foreign or Canadian pharmacy than from a US pharmacy. Medical Spa RX supports keeping consumers informed about Pharmacy Checker’s fight against antitrust.