Legit Script is a fraud. It is a Google business that is used to prey off of the medical commmunity. They will take your deposit and not refund after they try and scheme you for more. Terrible bsuiness
Legitscript is a self-appointed, opaque, unelected, unaccountable, for profit regulatory body offering or withholding their "certification" to licensed, insured, experienced, proven, ethical, board certified physicians and surgeons for telemedicine. Legitscript has insufficient expertise, little if any physicians in management, communicates with arrogance and condescension, is incompetent (poor legal knowledge), and DANGEROUS by blocking the expansion of high quality contemporary professional services to the online marketplace. Meanwhile, fraudulent businesses proliferate and populate every corner of the web without restraint. Legitscript is an antonym, suggestive of an opposite function from reality.
This company is the reason why drug addicts are getting LESS help than more. And i just read this online... "Legitscript are under criminal..."
Currently criminal defamation proceedings are going on against LEGITSCRIPT LLC, John Horton (President and CEO Legitscript)
As a professional in the digital marketing field, it's companies like this that make survival for good businesses difficult. They stand as a vetting process to keep illegitimate businesses from advertising on the web. Charge large sums of money to vet for Google. Take six months to perform the process. Most of the worst companies got vetted before the legitimate organizations. Poor communication. After total compliance, they still don't provide the vetting promised.
I had a medical restriction put on my Adwords account for a surgical medical practice originally for a mention of a drug, I removed the drug article which was for information purposes only. I tried to tell Google review team we do not sell drugs and therefore do not qualify as an "online pharmacy" the supervisor then came on the call and said if we use anethesia we need to get a certificate through LegitScript. He didn't tell me it would cost $1500 to start and $995 a year there after for this bogus certification that Google is requiring. Total rip off.
Currently criminal defamation proceedings are going on against LEGITSCRIPT LLC, John Horton (President and CEO Legitscript) and Emily Emanuel (COO Legitscript) at the court of the Hon. Judicial Magistrate First Class, Pune, India. Based on the criminal complaints against the crime accused Legitscript , John Horton and Emily Emanuel , Police Inspector (Crime), Vimantal Police Station, Pune City, Maharashtra, India started the criminal investigation under the provisions of section 499 & 500 of Indian Penal Code along with section 66 of Information Technology Act. They may face two-year jail term in Indian jail if convicted.So far number of warrants have been issued against the crime accused Legitscript , John Horton and Emily Emanuel however they have not appeared nor co-operated in this criminal investigation. More updates at http://www.policenoticeagainstlegitscript.com/
LegitScript supposedly reviews online pharmacies to help the consumer not get ripped off. I was shocked to see them claiming perfectly decent businesses offering good quality drugs were "rogue," like KiwiDrug i nNew Zealand, InHouse Pharmacy in the UK, and many in the Canada. You can't trust LegitScript's review of any pharmacy. They have their own agenda.
LegitScript Not So Legit?
On March 3, 2010, in Online Pharmacy Verification Services, by Tod Cooperman, MD, President, PharmacyChecker.com, and Gabriel Levitt, Vice President, PharmacyChecker.com
A firm called Legit Script claims to be protecting people by labeling legitimate Canadian and other non-U.S. pharmacies as "Unapproved" or "Rogue." This serves the big pharmaceutical interests but not the American consumer. More than that, its founder, John Horton, appears to have exploited his former government position to establish LS for his own gain.
[UPDATE 9/16/2010: See "Call for Investigation of John Horton, President of LegitScript, for Possible Government Ethics Violations"]
The Set Up:
In 2007, John Horton worked in the Bush White House as Deputy Director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP). As Horton's LinkedIn page (accessed 3/3/2010) states:
"I served as the primary staff person responsible for advising the "Drug Czar" and coordinating federal policy on several issues, including prescription drug-related issues (including Internet pharmacy policy) and several chemical control issues. I authored the Administration's National Synthetic Drug Control Strategy and co-authored the President's National Drug Control Strategy in the years from 2002 until 2007."
Congress had called for a report from ONDCP to propose a "strategy to stop advertisements that provide information about obtaining over the Internet drugswithout the use of a lawful prescription" (Our emphasis). Moreover, Congress' request was limited in scope to controlled substances. Horton, as the chief staff person on this assignment, apparently switched the focus of the report from preventing access to controlled medicines without prescriptions (with which PharmacyChecker fully agrees) to denying Americans access to any type of medicine, even with a valid prescription, if coming from a Canadian pharmacy. The absurdity of this switch is that reputable licensed Canadian pharmacies require prescriptions and won't even sell controlled substances to Americans. We believe this switch was encouraged by big pharmaceutical interests, who make less money when drugs are purchased at lower cost outside the U.S. To achieve their purpose, the report took aim at search engines as well asThe ONDCP's paper stated:
"Both Google and Yahoo use a third-party system called PharmacyChecker to verify whether websites seeking to advertise an online pharmacy are legitimate. However, PharmacyChecker has approved several websites from Canada that may be operating lawfully in Canada, but offer prescription drugs to United States consumers"
The paper noted that "not all VIPPS pharmacies appear to be recognized in the PharmacyChecker system." [VIPPS is the verification program of the National Boards of Pharmacy in the U.S. and excludes Canadian pharmacies from membership.] The paper goes onto to draw the baseless conclusion that, "For all these reasons, PharmacyChecker is not an adequate, reliable verification system"
Approving safe, lawful Canadian pharmacies which require prescriptions certainly does not make PharmacyChecker"inadequate" or "unreliable." Quite the contrary. Nevertheless, the paper lays out the plan that we believe Horton hatched, promoted and attempted to execute for the past three years:
"The DEA, Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and/or ONDCP will meet with the major Internet advertising services (Google, Yahoo and others) to encourage voluntary action such that only online pharmacies in compliance with Federal and State laws are advertised through the major Internet advertising services. Search engines will be requested to voluntarily adopt standards that comply and encourage consumer compliance with Federal and State laws and regulations, and Boards of Pharmacy standards. This will be done in consultation with the State Boards of Pharmacy through the NABP."
As we see it, Horton was setting the stage for his company, LegitScript , to use this "U.S. only" standard to displace PharmacyChecker as the leading certifier of online pharmacies and to pressure the search engines into blocking advertising of lower cost pharmacies in Canada and elsewhere. While Horton was a government employee, on March 20, 2007 his company's domain name legitscript was registered: On April 16, 2007, Horton's government office submitted the paper quoted above to Congress and, having planted the seed, Horton immediately left office and registered LegitScript as a for-profit company in Virginia and, later, as a not-for-profit entity in his home state of Oregon.
This chronology indicates, at least to us, that Horton manipulated and exploited his position as Deputy Director of a White House office for his personal gain. This raises a question in our view of whether his conduct violated The US Office of Government Ethics' Misuse of Position policy which states that "Executive branch employees must not use their public office for their own or another's private gain."
Horton apparently approached the search engines and others to promote the use of LegitScript and/or VIPPS in place of PharmacyChecker and it's not surprising that VIPPS now endorses LegitScript as a reputable verification service). Perhaps rebuffed by these companies, Horton issued two reports, each focused on a different search engine, and each claiming that over 80% of pharmacy advertisers found were "illegal" or "rogue" when, in fact, most of these were licensed foreign pharmacies selling real medicine and requiring prescriptions.
From his trumped up research, Horton went on to make the outrageous accusation that search engines were "sponsors" of rogue Internet pharmacies tied to "foreign (mainly Russian, Eastern Europe, and Chinese) organized criminal networks that are thought to fund other illicit activities including, in some cases, terrorism." There is little doubt that LegitScripts intention was to embarrass the search engines and cast doubt on the PharmacyChecker Verification Program.
Horton's Real Business:
Despite LegitScript's efforts, traffic to its site has been scant less than 900 unique visitors per month in January 2010, compared to 104, 000 per month to PharmacyChecker. However, as we see it, Horton's purpose was not to help consumers find safe and affordable pharmacies, but to help deny Americans, especially the uninsured, access to lower priced medications. He has revealed his purpose in several ways: He dissolved LegitScript as a non-profit organization in Oregon on April 8th, 2009 and then registered LegitScript as a for-profit LLC on August 17th, 2009. At the same time, records at the Oregon Secretary of State Corporation Division show that Horton registered a firm called Evergreen Government Relations, giving the same address as LegitScript, apparently expecting to cash in on his government connections and influence on the behalf of corporate clients.* A week earlier, on August 10th 2009, he abandoned his registration at the U.S. Trademark Office to use "LegitScript Certified" as a certification mark for Internet pharmacies. Working for companies to get government agencies to pressure search engines and domain registers is where the action is for John Horton.
LegitScript. adamantly denies that it is a "front for big PhRMA" and claims that it is funded by its employees. But unlike pharmacy verification groups like VIPPS and PharmacyChecker , it does not charge pharmacies a fee for its verification service. So where does its revenue come from, or where does Horton get the money to fund it? The website says it offers "market research reports" regarding the Internet pharmacy and online pharmaceuticals markets. And who might be the customers of such "research"? We think it's fair to assume that its big pharma, including big US pharmacies. LegitScript. may not expect to make money from its verification program, and it doesn't care because its money may come from elsewhere.
Be On the Look Out:
If LegitScript. releases other "research reports, " keep in mind John Horton's real agenda. And if search engines exclude safe, low cost pharmacies from advertising (and one recently did) or, worse yet, block them from appearing at all, we believe that LegitScript. and John Horton, serving his masters, may have had a hand in it.
We at PharmacyChecker think that shutting down "rogue pharmacies" that sell narcotics, or any drug, without a prescription is right. LegitScript's efforts in that direction are commendable. But shutting down access by Americans to safe and affordable prescription medication is bad policy, unethical and unfair; and using government position and influence to get this done seems a misuse of power. These appear, however, to be the tactics of LegitScript.
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