In April 2012, Legistscript published a blog posting about Global Pharmacy Canada. Because the posting contains many inaccuracies, Global Pharmacy Canada would like to respond.
To begin with, Legitscript wrongly reports that Mr. Richard Petko operates the Global Pharmacy Canada website. This is incorrect. Mr. Petko operates a call center company to whom Global Pharmacy Canada outsources its customer service. Legistscript goes on to say “he’s just a guy running a website without even having a pharmacy license in the US or Canada”. The blog post further implies that Global Pharmacy Canada does not have pharmacy licenses. This is a misrepresentation of the Global Pharmacy Canada operation because it suggests that Global Pharmacy Canada is having medicine shipped without proper pharmacy safeguards in place. To be clear, Global Pharmacy Canada contracts with fully licensed pharmacies in several countries around the world. Every single order that gets filled through Global Pharmacy Canada is dispensed by a fully licensed pharmacy and a licensed pharmacist. Mr. Petko does not own or operate the website, and since his company only provides call center services and has nothing to do with dispensing medication, he is not a pharmacist, nor does he need to have a pharmacy license. No medicine is handled, inventoried or dispensed from the call center based in Canada. The dispensing of medicine is handled at the licensed pharmacies overseas that are contracted to provide these services on behalf of Global Pharmacy Canada.
It should be pointed out that Legitscript is a private company that does not regulate the practice of pharmacy in any jurisdiction. While it is the opinion of Legitscript that Global Pharmacy Canada is “rogue”, it should be pointed out that EVERY foreign pharmacy listed on Legitscript’