How can you find out which ones are operating legally?
Directive 2011/62/EU amending Directive 2001/83/EC was introduced to prevent the entry of falsified medicinal products into the legal supply chain and to introduce a European Common Logo for medicines supplied through legally-operating websites on the Internet.
Buying online from a registered pharmacy or other legal online supplier reduces the chances of receiving falsified or unauthorised medicines.
However, the Directive does not harmonise the legal position concerning the online sale and supply of medicines across the EU, for example - it is up to the Member States to determine the specific conditions for the retail supply of medicinal products to the public. Member States may impose certain conditions and limitations, e.g. by not allowing online sale of prescription medicines.
The lists of legally operating websites are published on the websites of the National competent authorities, listed on the website of the European Medicines Agency (EMA).
Check the legally-operating websites selling medicines online that are authorized in the countries participating in the project:
Our partner LegitScript provided us with a tool to search e-pharmacies: classification of “rogue” e-pharmacies is valid worldwide; “legal” and “unauthorised” e-pharmacies are evaluated according to US regulation only, and may not be valid for other countries.