All Posts Tagged Tag: ‘Online Pharmacies’
Bing is rolling out a new search feature that warns people who may be about to buy some bad medications. Online pharmacies offers customers cheaper, more available drugs – and this can be a dangerous combination. The Food and Drug Administration keeps a list of fake online pharmacies called the Internet Pharmacy Warning Letters, and Bing is using that to …
Late on Friday, news came out that Google committed $250 million at $50 million per year over the next five years, to develop an internal program that will help the search engine spread awareness about drug abuse, and combat rogue online pharmacies. The commitment is part of a settlement with shareholders over a suit related to Google’s former allowance of …
Google, Yahoo, and Microsoft can’t agree on much, and you might imagine that tossing some politicians into the situation wouldn’t help, but a common goal’s come to light. These companies, along with many others and the Obama administration, intend to stop illegal online pharmacies from doing business.
The Food and Drug Administration is cracking down on 136 websites it says were selling illegal or misbranded drugs to U.S. consumers.
The FDA says none of the websites are for pharmacies in the United States or Canada.
The agency has sent 22 warning letters to the operators of these websites and notified Internet service providers and domain name registrars that the websites were selling products that violated U.S. law.
Although the number of Web sites selling controlled prescription drugs, like OxyContin and Valium, has decreased in the past year, 85 percent of Web sites selling such drugs do not require a prescription according to a new report by The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse (CASA) at Columbia University.
Out of 365 Web sites selling controlled prescription drugs, only two were found to be legitimate sites that were certified by the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy, a professional organization representing all state boards of pharmacy.
There’s most likely a balance between no regulation and too much regulation, and the current Democratic Congress is walking that line. No one would doubt the potential harm caused by "rogue" Web-dealers, but Sen. Patrick Leahy’s (D-Vt.) tightening grip on Internet service providers should at least cause one to step back a bit to look at it.
Recent deaths associated with drugs bought at online pharmacies have brought the issue front and center for many Americans. It’s still unclear as to whose responsibility it is to police them, but the strongest critics are pointing fingers at search engines and comparison-shopping sites.