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Sen. Feinstein Introduces Bill to Regulate Online Pharmacies

Posted 28 December 2011 | By

Senator Diane Feinstein [D-CA] introduced legislation last week that would modify the Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act (FD&C Act) to further regulate the actions of internet pharmacies.

The legislation, the Online Pharmacy Safety Act (S.2002), was introduced to the Senate via the Health, Education and Labor Committee and already has co-sponsorship from a bipartisan group of influential senators that includes John Cornyn [R-TX], Chuck Schumer [D-NY] and Jeff Sessions [R-AL].

The legislation aims to tighten the requirements needed to purchase regulated drug products from online pharmacies by requiring a "valid prescription" that is obtained from a medical professional with prescribing authority after conducting a medical evaluation.

The legislation would also establish a registry of legitimate online pharmacy websites that would exist to educate consumers and promote public health, according to the sponsors.  Pharmacies could be removed from the list if they are found to be breaking the law or for "good cause."

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