Colorado doctor Christian Hageseth was sentenced to nine months in prison by a California judge following his plea of no contest to practicing medicine without a license in California. Hageseth was prosecuted as a result of allegedly prescribing Prozac via an Internet pharmacy to Stanford University student John McKay who later committed suicide. As a reminder, this case presented some very interesting jurisdictional issues. Had this case gone to trial, I would have been very interested to see whether a jury would agree with prosecutors that Hageseth was practicing medicine in California while writing prescriptions from Colorado.
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