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In Whom We Trust: The Role of Certification Agencies in Online Drug Markets

Roger Bate, Ginger Zhe Jin, Aparna Mathur

NBER Working Paper No. 17955
Issued in March 2012

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The Searle Freedom Trust provided funding for the initial collection and spectrometry assessment, the Legatum Institute funded the second collection of medicines and spectrometry and a grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada provided subsequent funding to cover analysis of survey results. Kimberley Hess, Robert Brush and Lorraine Mooney assisted with spectrometry analysis, NABP and Pharmacychecker provided valuable information, and Julissa Milligan, Matt Jensen, Justin Huang and Ben Zou provided excellent research assistance. Frank Pleticha, Lee Graczyk and Melissa Maki assisted with survey design and implementation. A previous version was circulated under the title “Unveiling the Mystery of Online Pharmacies: an Audit Study.” All errors are ours. The views expressed herein are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Bureau of Economic Research.

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