Website Pill Pushing Draws Warning of AMA
Underneath the possible heading of "it would be funny if not true", is a new report in the July 19, 1999 American Medical News reporting on strong action from the AMA against medical professionals prescribing drugs over the internet. At the AMA annual meeting, the corporation came out strong and called for state medical societies, governing regulatory boards and licensing boards to research and prosecute doctors who dispense pills to patients without ever examining them. AMA trustee Donald Palmisano, MD said, "It is inappropriate plus it puts patients at potential risk."

The most common drug prescribed over the internet presently is Viagra. Sites pushing this drug reportedly have catchy names like and . On these websites nothing more than an on-line questionnaire is required receive the prescription.

Although Viagra takes the lead in on-line prescriptions other drugs which are also becoming popular include Propecia, Proscar, and Claritin.

The AMA report doesn't condemn all on-line prescribing but favors ways to protect and enhance what they termed legitimate electronic prescribing.

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