Please login to the form below

Not currently logged in

Digital intelligence blog

Pharma insight on digital marketing, social media, mobile apps, online video, websites and interactive healthcare tools

EC releases draft designs for legal online pharmacy logo

Says an official logo will help consumers verify authenticity of internet pharmacies

EC online pharmacy logo

The European Commission has unveiled two potential designs for the logo officially-sanctioned internet pharmacies will use to help consumers verify their authenticity.

The need for a Europe-wide online pharmacy logo was mandated under new European falsified medicines legislation, which will begin to come into affect on January 2 next year.

The aim of the new logo is to help prevent falsified medicines entering the legal supply chain while allowing consumers to safely buy medicines online.

The scale of the problem was highlighted earlier this month when a massive worldwide crackdown on illegal online pharmacies seized illicit medicines worth $10.5m and shut down more than 18,000 websites. At the same time US regulator the FDA launched a campaign, BeSafeRx – Know Your Online Pharmacy, to warn consumers about the dangers of fraudulent websites.

The Commission's new logo will cover “legally-operating online pharmacies/retailers offering medicinal products for human use for sale at a distance to the public”.

Once its design has been finalised the new logo will have to be clearly displayed on every page of any website within the EU that offers medicines for sale, and it will also have to identify the EU member state where the online pharmacy is based.

Member states will have to set up a dedicated website to provide a national list of all legally-operating online pharmacies/retailers.

For verification purposes this site will link to each of the online pharmacies, who will in turn be required to link back to the national list via the new logo.

The new falsified medicines legislation also introduces tougher rules to improve the protection of public health with new harmonised, pan-European measures, including:

• A new medicines packaging authenticity feature

• Tougher rules on the control and inspection of producers of active pharmaceutical ingredients

• Strengthened record-keeping requirements for wholesale distributors.

The European Commission's consultation on the new online pharmacies logo runs until January 17, 2013.

18th October 2012

From: Sales, Healthcare



Featured jobs

Subscribe to our email news alerts


Add my company
Kantar Health

Kantar Health is a leading global healthcare consulting firm and trusted advisor to many of the world’s leading pharmaceutical, biotech,...

Latest intelligence

Revisiting Instagram for pharma
In pharma, Instagram usage is increasing because it offers so many benefits to engage with patients and HCPs...
The one multichannel question you must ask
There is a question every marketer should ask when designing a multichannel communications strategy...
Medius Deal Watch
Deal Watch September 2016
Abbott, Allergan, Celgene, Moderna, Pfizer and Takeda feature in this month's pharma deals round-up...