Panel OKs Bill That Would Tighten Internet Pharmacy Restrictions

A Senate-passed bill meant to tighten restrictions on Internet
pharmacies cleared the House Judiciary on Wednesday.
The bill would require proof from Internet pharmacies that a
patient had seen a doctor before dispensing any medication.
Deputy Attorney General Pierce Whites said that would help crack
down on a "phantom process" in which medications are obtained
without a doctor's prescription.
Internet pharmacies would be required to have national
certification as a "verified Internet pharmacy practice site."
Also under the bill, Kentucky pharmacies would be allowed to track
ephedrine and psuedoephedrine purchases as they happen.
Sen. Robert Stivers, the bill's sponsor, said prescription drug
abuse has become more widespread - putting burdens on police,
social service groups and families.
"Prescription drugs are by far more devastating than alcohol,"
said Stivers, R-Manchester.
The measure heads to the full House for consideration.
The legislation is Senate Bill 88.

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