Welcome to the ASOP EU website
ASOP EU is a loose coalition of patient groups, companies, organisations and individuals, united in the campaign to make the internet a safer place to obtain medicines (where it is legal to do so).
Within these pages, we hope that you will find everything that you need to help you stay safe online. If you have any questions that aren't answered here, you can ask our experts using the link above.
Falsified Medicine is a scary subject. It unites the otherwise polarised worlds of organised crime and healthcare. However, it can also pose everyday challenges. Why not click "Spotting a Fake" above, to find out just how good a detective you would make?
From all of us at ASOP EU, we hope you enjoy navigating through the website.
Stay safe online!
My medicine seems much cheaper online. The website says that it can do this because the pills come from India. Why can't my pharmacy offer that as well?
The chances are that the "Indian" medicine is not licensed for use in your country. In Europe, medicines are strictly licensed and regulated, to protect you and your health. You know how it is produced, stored and dispensed. Stay safe!
I pay for my medicine and bulk-buying seems like a great deal! Is it?
In Europe, it is illegal to offer bulk discounts on prescription medicines. If your online "pharmacy" is breaking that law, the chances are it won't stop there. Check our advice on how to stay safe online.
I am afraid to go to the doctor because I don't think he would prescribe the medicine that I think I need. Why shouldn't I just go online, it's so discreet?
Obviously we can't know what your medical condition is but you should be aware that many quite serious illnesses can go undiagnosed (and therefore untreated) if you self-medicate to treat just the symptoms. For example, erectile problems are known to be an early indicator of cardiovascular disease and Diabetes. Your doctor is the person best placed to advise and, together with you, decide on the best treatment for you. The last thing you need to be is afraid.
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ASOP EU News
UK leads the way with £15.8 million seizure in global operation targeting counterfeit and unlicensed medicines and devices
18 Jun 2015
The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) announced on June 18th that £15.8 million worth of counterfeit and unlicensed medicines and devices have been seized in the UK as part of a global operation.
The seizures are a result of a month-long international crackdown on the illegal internet trade of medical products that yielded £51.6 million worth of items from 115 different countries globally.
16 Jun 2015
The deadline for an EU scheme requiring pharmacies selling medicines online to register and display a common logo is fast approaching.
From 1 July, all legitimate online pharmacies will have a logo as one of a series of measures introduced under the EU Falsified Medicines Directive (FMD) intended to safeguard patient health.
ASOP EU to hold MEP debate in the EU Parliament followed by workshop on the Common Logo at the Google Offices July 2nd 2015
16 Jun 2015
The Breakfast debate titled "Illegal sales of medicines over the Internet - how will the implementation of the Falsified Medicines Directive's Common Logo enhance patient safety?" will be held at the EU Parliament on July 2nd from 08:00 until 09:30.
It will be followed by the ASOP EU AGM Knowledge Sharing/Workshop at the Google Offices from 11:00 until 16:00.