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American Medical Association moves to regulate prescribing on the internet

BMJ 1999; 319 doi: (Published 24 July 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;319:213
  1. Douglas Carnall
  1. BMJ

    Prescribing drugs on the internet by relying solely on the completion by the patient of an on-line questionnaire “falls well below a minimum standard of medical care,” according to an interim report issued last week by the Board of Trustees of the American Medical Association, and action should be taken against doctors who fail to meet this standard.

    At least 10 state legislatures are investigating doctors who have prescribed in this way, among them the Washington Medical Quality Assurance Commission, which has initiated a licensure action against a Seattle doctor reportedly earning $5000 (£3125) a month from on-line sales of …

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