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
1 Mar 2015
The Falsified Medicines Directive's Common Logo promises to be a major step forward in the security of selling medicines at a distance and online. ASOP EU and its sister organisation's, ASOP Global and CSIP, will be fully supporting this initiative. To mark the launch of this support and the publication of ASOP EU position paper, ASOP Global, ASOP EU and CSIP have a series of planned meeting with DG SANTE, Health Attaches of EU Member States and directly with Member State officials who are responsible for the implementation of the Common Logo. These discussions are aptly timed, as the Common Logo must be implemented by July 2015.
Not for profit Partners ASOP and CSIP - Launch Times Square Ad to Protect Consumers from Illegal Online Drug Sellers
21 Nov 2014
The Center for Safe Internet Pharmacies (CSIP) and the Alliance for Safe Online Pharmacies (ASOP) released a public service announcement this week that will run in New York City’s Times Square through January 2015. The 520 square foot advertisement warns consumers to be cautious when purchasing prescription drugs online because it could be “gambling with your life”.
18 Nov 2014
On November 12-13, 2014 national and international experts came together to discuss current challenges of the pharmaceutical industry. Among the significant issues discussed were the circulation of counterfeit drugs online.
Michael Isles, Executive Director of ASOP EU, summarized the work ASOP was doing around the world in combating these crimes: “The problem of online fake pharmacies is a global problem,” he said.