Illinois State’s Attorney Files Suit Against Three Online Companies Selling Cipro
Cook County State's Attorney Richard Devine yesterday filed suit on behalf of Illinois against three out-of-state businesses that sell Cipro online, saying that the companies lack the proper licenses to conduct business in the state, the Chicago Tribune reports. Richard Lascelles, Bill Johnson and Eric Kaiser, the principals of the three companies, are named as defendants in the suit, which was filed in Circuit Court. The lawsuit charges that the businesses violated state consumer fraud laws by creating Web sites with "inaccurate information"; in one instance, a Web site contained "misrepresentations" about the availability of Cipro. Devine said that the lawsuits are not intended to hinder the sale of prescription drugs by properly licensed businesses, but he added that "there is no proof" that the drugs offered by the three companies in question have been "medically reviewed." He said that the Web sites also do not give consumers "the proper instructions on taking the drug" (Becker, Chicago Tribune, 11/2).This is part of the California Healthline Daily Edition, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.