President Signs Online Pharmacy Consumer Protection Act

Last week, we explored the details of the Ryan Haight Online Pharmacy Consumer Protection Act of 2008, which was passed by the House of Representatives on September 23, 2008 and approved by the Senate on September 30, 2008. Yesterday, the President signed this bill into law.

As a quick recap, the new law proscribes the sale or distribution of any controlled substances via the Internet unless supported by a valid prescription. It also requires that a healthcare provider conduct an in-person examination of the patient in order for a prescription to be deemed valid.

Finally, the new law requires online pharmacies to provide certain disclosures on their websites, comply with all controlling state laws and provide notice to the Attorney General prior to offering to sell, deliver, distribute, or dispense controlled substances over the Internet.

For more information regarding the new law, visit: http://www.govtrack.us/congress/billtext.xpd?bill=h110-6353.

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