Letters Section Editor: Stephen J. Lurie,
MD, PhD, Senior Editor.
To the Editor: Although Dr Baker and colleagues1 found that 5% of respondents purchased prescription
drugs online and 4% searched for the cheapest place to buy prescription medicines,
it should not be assumed that these medicines were purchased from US Web sites.
A wide range of medicines can be bought from many countries via Web sites
selling medicines directly to consumers. Some of these countries do not have
adequate regulatory frameworks to support the safe and appropriate use of
Bessell T, Anderson J, Sansom L, Hiller J. Use of the Internet for Health Information and CommunicationUse of the Internet for Health Information and Communication. JAMA. 2003;290(17):2255. doi:10.1001/jama.290.17.2255-a