Thursday, January 21, 2010

FDA confronts criminal online pharmacy drug sellers

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According to The Tech Herald, the FDA has issued a warning to all criminal resellers of Pharmaceuticals online. Upon the illegal purchase of pharmaceuticals online, buyers will often receive a phone call from an FDA office threatening legal action unless a fine is paid.

Michael Chappell, the FDA's acting associate commissioner for regulatory affairs
"Impersonating an FDA official is a violation of federal law. The public should note that no FDA official will ever contact a consumer by phone demanding money or any other form of payment."

While Pharma is having a difficult time navigating the marketing waters for Pharmaceuticals, now criminals are toying with the actions of those searching online for medical information. What do you think about situations like the one above? Should the FDA place their focus on monitoring online marketing for legitimate drug companies, or should they focus on the regulating marketing for the other companies?

Read the full article here.
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