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THE PHARMA REVIEW (JANUARY - FEBRUARY 2012)

Perspectives in Regulations of Internet Pharmacy

Anantha Naik Nagappa & Jomy Joy

Abstract: In the age of information, the applications of business have become not only simple but also of high impact. The impact of internet on society can be felt by popularity of social media like Facebook, twitter, orkut etc. The application of internet to access drugs and diagnostics which begin early in advent of the infoage has matured into portals or virtual drugs stores popularly known as internet pharmacy. The advent of internet pharmacy and access of drugs and diagnostics is gaining popularity due to cost effectiveness, high speed delivery to door step of patients. The patient can order medicines from their own home in privacy.

 
Introduction: Ryan Haight Online Pharmacy Consumer Protection Act of 2008’’ Sec 3; The term ‘online pharmacy’—means a person, entity, or Internet site, whether in the United States or abroad, that knowingly or intentionally delivers, distributes, or dispenses, or offers or attempts to deliver, distribute, or dispense, a controlled substance by means of the Internet.’ “Rogue internet pharmacies continue to pose a serious threat to the health and safety. They provide pharmaceuticals – including powerful narcotics and anti-depressants – to patients without an in-person examination, based solely on an online questionnaire. The longer we wait to take action, the more people will be killed or seriously injured as a result of this unethical behavior.”1-The seriousness of this issue was encapsulated in a 2005 speech to the 108th Congress given by US Senator Dianne Feinstein. Online pharmacies fall into different categories based on their prescription requirements: Traditional Online Pharmacies; Most legitimate online pharmacies requires one to provide original prescription - the one obtained from an in-person examination with your doctor. Most pharmacies with a traditional prescription requirement carry the full stock of prescription drugs one would find near one's neighborhood pharmacy. Remote Consultation Online Pharmacies; Some consumers wish to purchase prescription drugs without having to visit their physicians to obtain a prescription. There are online pharmacies, generally known as online consultation pharmacies, remote consulting pharmacies, or prescribing pharmacies, that work with physicians who review a patient’s self-reported medical history and then write a prescription if deemed appropriate. No-Prescription Required Mail-order and Online Pharmacies; some rogue websites will sell prescription medication without requiring any prescription at all, which can be extremely dangerous. Other websites that offer to sell you drugs without a prescription pose as online pharmacies for the purpose of stealing your credit card information.

 

 

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