...While House Leaders Debate Proposals to Protect Internet Pharmacies

Ken Rankin
Published Online: Friday, April 1, 2005

One bill already in the legislative hopper, Rep Ron Paul's (R, Tex) Prescription Drug Affordability Act, would "protect Internet pharmacies?from being strangled by federal regulation"—a move he says will help reduce the cost of prescription drugs to the elderly.

The Internet "makes pharmaceuticals and other products more affordable and accessible for millions of Americans,"but "the federal government has threatened to destroy this option by imposing unnecessary and unconstitutional regulations on Web sites that sell pharmaceuticals."

In addition to short-circuiting federal restrictions on e-Pharmacy, the legislation would also offer a prescription tax cut for seniors and promote Rx importation from Canada or Europe by providing that "anyone wishing to import a drug simply submits an application to the FDA, which must approve the drug unless the FDA finds the drug is either not approved for use in the United States, or is adulterated or misbranded."

Mr. Rankin is a freelance medical writer.

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