Criminal Defense Attorney Analysis of Internet Pharmacy, Prescription, and Drug Law

Category: Online Consultations (Page 3)

Billy Flint East, owner of William & Mary Pharmacy, pled guilty to money laundering and the distribution of a controlled substance over the internet, allegedly filling over 5 million pills of the pain killer hydrocodone (Vicodin) with prescriptions authorized by online consultation doctors.  East agreed to serve two years in prison and forfeit vehicles and cash, […]

Tim Knettler writes an interesting article over at entitled “The Perils of Internet Prescribing.”  The article mainly focuses on weeding out the safe, legit pharmacies from the bad and specifically mentions the “Ryan Haight Act.”  This proposed legislation, currently introduced in Congress, would require a physical examination (or, as Mr. Knettler puts it, a doctor-patient relationship) […]

The US Attorney for Southern District of New York (SDNY) announced yesterday that it had reached a civil settlement with Third Avenue Pharmacy & Surgicals Inc. and its owner for $250,000 resolvingcharges that “the pharmacy filled prescriptions obtained through the Internet outside the course of a legitimate physician-patient relationship.”  Specifically, the complaint, filed simulataneously with the settlement, […]

As I have mentioned before, there are a variety of internet pharmacy website business models.  All of them, of course, have in common the fact that they sell or market prescription drugs or the ability to obtain prescription drugs on the internet.  The business models typically vary based on their prescription and/or medical record requirements and […]

Douglas W. Bouchey, along with three others, plead guilty to distributing 12 million narcotic pills over the internet while in Dubuque, IA in 2003.  According to the Morning Sun: During Bouchey’s plea hearing, he admitted he was a pharmacist employed by a Dubuque, Iowa pharmacy that contracted with Pharmacon to fill Internet drug orders placed […]

A recently published Mayo Clinic study compared the safety of ordering prescription medications online versus the traditional physician consultation method.  An analysis of most safety variables revealed that the safety of online pharmacies outperformed that of the traditional physical presence consultation method.  Specifically, the study found that: Product Information was provided to online patients 100% […]

On August 19, 2008, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Washington announced that Kathleen Gain of Auburn, Washington entered a guilty plea in which she admitted to operating and/or working for what looks like four quasi-online consultation service pharmacy websites (OCS).  The press release stated: Court documents indicate that during 2007 through early 2008, GAIN worked for multiple […]

A new MarkMonitor internet pharmacy study suggests that cumulative internet pharmacy sales grossed $12 billion over the past year, up from $3 billion in 2007.  “Our year-over-year trend data shows a grave situation.  The number of people looking to save money by buying pharmaceuticals over the web is growing rapidly,” said Irfan Salim, CEO of MarkMonitor.  Of the […]

Internet Drug and Pharmacy Law

on August 27, 2008

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