Internet pharmacies: global threat requires a global approach to regulation.

George, Carlisle (2006) Internet pharmacies: global threat requires a global approach to regulation. Hertfordshire law journal, 4 (1). pp. 12-25. ISSN 1479-4195

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This paper investigates the growing phenomenon of selling drugs and medical services over the Inter-net via Internet Pharmacies. It discusses some of the benefits of Internet Pharmacies and some serious concerns that they bring for regulators, governments and global consumers. In addition, the paper compares regulatory frameworks governing the operation of Internet Pharmacies in the United Kingdom (“UK”) and the United States (“US”), to illustrate some of the challenges related to differences. Some of these comparisons relate to regulatory structure, advertising of prescription drugs, online prescribing, data protection, policy on importing drugs for personal use and self-regulation/certification of web-sites. In assessing reasons for differences in the two jurisdictions, the paper concludes that these are due to various historic, economic, geographic and political factors. The paper argues that continuing regulatory challenges arise due to the nature of the Inter-net, jurisdiction issues, economic realities, and a lack of harmonisation of regulatory policy at an interna-tional/global level. The paper further argues that a global approach is needed to regulate online medical services, because of the potential threat to the health and well-being of the global community.

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Subsequently published in Telehealth Law (Butterworths), 2009.

Research Areas:School of Science and Technology > Science & Technology
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