Policy ForumMedicine

Magic Bullet Gone Astray: Medications and the Internet

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Science  23 Jul 2004:
Vol. 305, Issue 5683, pp. 481
DOI: 10.1126/science.1097355

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Internet pharmacies have become major access points for illegitimate sales and distribution of prescription drugs from sources around the world. In the United States, drug importation from foreign markets has reached record levels. National and international policymakers have identified key issues arising from purchasing medications through the Internet that can threaten patient welfare. The authors of this Policy Forum recommend cooperation among international healthcare organizations and governments to meet these challenges.