Online pharmacies will face stricter regulations under new legislation Congress is considering.
The Ryan Haight Online Pharmacy Consumer Protection Act would ban the sale or distribution of prescription drugs over the Internet without a valid prescription. In order for a prescription to be valid, it must be issued by a practitioner who has examined the patient in person at least once.
The legislation provides an exemption, though, for "telemedicine practitioners"--that is, practitioners (not pharmacists) communicating remotely with the patient or the health care professional treating the patient.
Under the proposed law, online pharmacies would have to comply … Read more