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Capitol Health Call
August 13, 2008

Internet Drug Sales

JAMA. 2008;300(6):645. doi:10.1001/jama.300.6.645-c

Legislators introduced a bill in the House on June 24 that would stop rogue pharmacies operating on the Internet while allowing consumers to fill legitimate prescriptions online.

If enacted, the Ryan Haight Online Pharmacy Consumer Protection Act of 2008 (HR 6353 [http://thomas.loc.gov]) would bar the sale or distribution of all controlled substances via the Internet in the absence of a valid prescription and require online pharmacists to display information identifying the business. A companion bill has been introduced in the Senate (S 980).

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