Research Symposium

Highlights from the 2018 Research Symposium:

Spotlight On Illegal Online Sales Of Medicine

The growing threat of illegal online pharmacies coupled with the ongoing opioid crisis makes robust research and education more critical than ever for health professionals, law enforcement, and policymakers as they work to help patients stay safe online.

On November 14 at the National Press Club, the Alliance for Safe Online Pharmacies Foundation convened it’s 2018 Research Symposium. The event featured leading academic research presentations and thoughtful dialogue on timely topics, including patient safety and medication quality online, algorithm science, law enforcement best practices, and consumer behavior online.

The Food and Drug Administration’s Office of Compliance Director Donald Ashley and Office of Pharmaceutical Quality Director Michael Kopcha delivered the Symposium’s keynote addresses about the role the FDA plays in combatting illegal online pharmacies. Caitlin Owens, healthcare reporter at Axios, moderated the Symposium’s closing roundtable discussion about  emerging research questions and strategies for leveraging research to guide policy, educate stakeholders and improve patient care.

ASOP Global Foundation and its members will use learnings from the Symposium to develop a new research agenda to inform future efforts to protect patients online.

To view speaker presentations from the Symposium, please click on the links below. The full Symposium agenda, speaker bios and discussion takeaways can be found here.



Morning Keynote

Session I: Scope and Significance of the Problem Online

Session II:  Consumer Behavior and Patient Safety Considerations

Afternoon Keynote

Session III: Global Solutions and Challenges

Roundtable Discussion

Roundtable conversation moderated by Caitlin Owens featuring Louise Shelley, John Hertig, Tim Mackey, Elizabeth Miller, and Anne Snowdon.