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November 5, 2003

Use of the Internet for Health Information and Communication

Author Affiliations
  • 1Monash Institute of Health Services Research, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia
  • 2School of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences, University of South Australia, Adelaide
  • 3Department of Public Health, University of Adelaide, Adelaide
JAMA. 2003;290(17):2256. doi:10.1001/jama.290.17.2256

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 medicines.2