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|Concerns over the
quality of drugs sold over the Internet have been raised. It is often
difficult to objectively analyse the quality of online services. In a study
analysing the websites selling medicines over the Internet, some websites
appeared to supply prescription-only medicines with no prescription. They
concluded that only a minority of e-pharmacies displayed quality
accreditation seals. They also observed information published on e-pharmacy
web sites that potentially undermines the safe and appropriate use of
Moreover, concerns on the professional standard have also been raised.
There have also been cases where cyber pharmacies indulged in malpractice, claiming infrastructure that they never had.
Bessell TL, Silagy CA, Anderson JN, Hiller JE, Sansom LN. Quality of global e-pharmacies: can we safeguard consumers? Eur J Clin Pharmacol 2002 Dec;58(9):567-72
Harrington K. Legal Implications of the Practice of Medicine over the Internet Telemedicine and Cybermedicine Cyberlaw Nov. 10, 1999
Appelhanz C. Stovall: Internet isnít a drug store, Topeka Capital Journal, Jun. 10, 1999