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Research Letter
Health Care Policy and Law
February 17, 2020

Analysis of Unregulated Sale of Lifesaving Prescription Drugs Online in the United States

Author Affiliations
  • 1College of Engineering, University of Delaware, Newark, Delaware
  • 2Cooper Medical School of Rowan University, Camden, New Jersey
  • 3Jefferson College of Population Health, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 4The Value Institute, ChristianaCare, Newark, Delaware
  • 5Department of Medicine, ChristianaCare, Newark, Delaware
JAMA Intern Med. 2020;180(4):607-609. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2019.7514

Reports in the lay press suggest that patients who cannot afford prescription medications seek out discounted products in online marketplaces such as Craigslist.1 The unregulated sale and purchase of prescription medication is prohibited by law and Craigslist policy.2-4 We sought to quantify and characterize advertisements on Craigslist in the United States for 3 potentially lifesaving medications: insulin, albuterol, and epinephrine (EpiPen).

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