Bill Introduced in Senate To End Illegal Online Sales of Prescription Drugs
Sens. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) and Norm Coleman (R-Minn.) on Thursday introduced a bill that would "crack down" on illegal prescription drug sales by online pharmacies, Copley/San Diego Union-Tribune reports. The bill, called the Ryan Haight Act, is named after a California teenager who died in February 2001 from an overdose of medication that he purchased from an online pharmacy. The legislation would:
- Mandate that online pharmacies cannot distribute prescription drugs to consumers based only on a questionnaire;
- Allow state prosecutors to pursue charges against online pharmacies suspected of illegal activities regardless of whether they are based in different jurisdictions; and
- Require online pharmacies to identify to consumers their business, pharmacists and physicians.