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Resource ID: #17501
Subject: Pharmaceuticals
Source: WNEP-TV (Moosic, PA)
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Date: May 4, Aug. 23

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WNEP-TV examines how prescription drugs can be bought over the Internet, "bypassing an in-person examination by a doctor." An experiment of the reporter shows that online pharmacies approve orders and write prescriptions, even if the patients state they don't need the drug. The report details how "by filling out an online health form doctors in two states wrote prescriptions for sex and diet prescription drugs." The story also reveals that in Pennsylvania "there is a confusion if a doctor violates the law by writing online prescriptions without even seeing the patient," as different state regulatory agencies are in disagreement on whether the law has been broken.

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