Re: IP: more on Internet pharmacies

Date: Mon Jan 17 2000 - 17:41:11 MST

Suzanne Johnson [] writes:
> My own feeling is that, while I wish there were a better way to get most
> prescriptions filled, I seriously worry about what is happening with drug
> resistant bacteria. Misuse of antibiotics seems to be giving rise to an
> increasing number of these resistant bacteria...and obtaining antibiotics
> without a prescription and misusing them, will only make the problem worse
> (it's bad enough with antibiotic prescriptions obtained FROM physicians).
> Interestingly, the 1938 Food, Drug and Cosmetic act cited in the article
> below was passed before antibiotics became available on a large scale basis.

I don't believe there is much interest in prescribing antibiotics
through these online pharmacies. They mostly traffic in vanity or
"discretionary" drugs. I ordered Xenical (which blocks fat absorption)
from and it was very easy, although more
expensive than if I had gone to my regular doctor. They also provide
Viagra, Propecia (hair loss), Claritin (allergies), Renova (anti
wrinkles). I wouldn't want to have to go to the doctor and try to
convince him to give me these drugs, because some doctors would view
them as unnecessary.

But I doubt that many people are that interested in ordering illicit
penicillin in this way.


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