At any one time, there are approximately 36,000 active online pharmacies. Of those, more than 96% do not comply with applicable laws and pharmacy standards.

Counterfeit medicines sold by illegal online pharmacies often are manufactured in unsafe conditions; contain no active ingredients; and/or are made using dangerous and sometimes deadly substances including floor wax, mercury, concrete, road tar, paint thinner, anti-freeze and other poisons.

Buying prescription drugs from illegal pharmacy websites also endangers consumers’ financial information, putting them at increased risk of identity theft.

For other other published reports and studies on illegal online pharmacies and counterfeit medicines, please visit our affiliated 501(c)(4) organization, the Alliance for Safe Online Pharmacies (ASOP Global) at

ASOP Global Facts & Figures