HealthESites
January 16, 2002
Vol. 3, No. 2
ISSN 1530-3608
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The News
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ANTHRAX DRUG SOLD ONLINE LEADS TO SUIT
The attorneys general in two states have filed suit against an
Internet pharmacy and a physician who they say sold Cipro, a
powerful drug used to treat anthrax, without examining patients
or even talking with them. Investigations of other online
pharmacies are continuing.
Source: New York Times - Jan. 12, 2002
http://www.nytimes.com/2002/01/12/health/12CIPR.html


U.S. SELLING PAPERS SHOWING HOW TO MAKE
GERM WEAPONS
Need directions for creating some nasty bioterror weapons? You
can jump on the Internet and choose from among hundreds of
documents that the federal government offers for sale. The
documents remain available at the same time that many federal Web
sites are removing free documents for fear they might in some way
help terrorists.
Source: New York Times - Jan. 13, 2002
http://dailynews.yahoo.com/h/nyt/20020113/ts/
u_s_selling_papers_showing_how_to_make_germ_weapons_1.html



FTC SUES FIRM FOR MOVING ILLEGAL TV ADS ONLINE
In April 2000, a dietary supplement company that used television
infomercials to hawk products called "Fat Trapper" and "Exercise
in a Bottle" paid the federal government $10 million to settle
charges that it misled consumers. Now the Federal Trade
Commission is seeking a contempt of court order against the
company because it has put a shortened version of the infomercial
on its Web site.
Source: Newsbytes - Jan. 10, 2002
http://www.newsbytes.com/news/02/173559.html


ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS FAILS TO WIN .ORG SITE
Most folks would assume that a site with the address
alcoholicsanonymous.org was run by the famed 12-step group that
helps people with alcohol problems. But it's not - even though it
sells some Alcoholics Anonymous products. The group tried to
wrestle the domain away from the current owner, claiming the site
violated its trademark, but for some wacky reason an
international panel that hears domain disputes sided with the
current owners.
Source: CNET News.com - Jan. 10, 2002
http://news.com.com/2100-1023-807196.html?legacy=cnet


ITALY LAUNCHES INTERNET-BASED DRUG MONITORING
Italy has launched an Internet-based system where physicians can
report adverse reactions by their patients to new prescription
drugs. The Health Ministry will gather the reports in a database
and link it to the drug monitoring system operated by the
European Medicines Evaluation Agency. Health officials hope the
effort will help them identify problem drugs before the medicines
hurt large numbers of people.
Source: Reuters Health - Jan. 16, 2002
http://dailynews.yahoo.com/h/nm/20020116/hl/drugs_2.html


YAHOO! INKS WEB DEVELOPMENT DEAL
WITH CIGNA HEALTH
Cigna, which provides health care and retirement benefits to 16
million people, plans to launch a new portal for its customers
under a deal it signed with Yahoo! The portal will allow Cigna's
health care customers to check their medical benefits and claims,
find or change doctors, update their personal information, and
order prescriptions.
Source: Ecommerce Times - Jan. 9, 2002
http://dailynews.yahoo.com/h/nf/20020109/bs/15697_1.html


GRAPHIC CIGARETTE PACK LABELS CURB HABIT
For more than a year, Canada has required that cigarette packs
carry large images of lung tumors, damaged hearts, and other body
parts that are damaged by smoking. Smokers have struck back by
erecting Web sites that contain cheerier labels that smokers can
download and use to cover up the government-mandated graphics.
Source: Reuters - Jan. 9, 2002
http://dailynews.yahoo.com/h/nm/20020109/bs/
health_canada_tobacco_dc_1.html



MORE THAN A THIRD OF MEDICAL PRACTICES
ARE ELECTRONICALLY CONNECTED
Almost all physician offices now have computers, according to a
study conducted by the American Medical Association, and about 35
percent of the practices have connected their computers to
systems operated by hospitals, insurers, and other companies with
whom they regularly communicate. The connected physicians
primarily use their computers to exchange patient demographics,
lab reports, and insurance claims with the other companies.
Source: American Medical News - Jan. 14, 2002
http://www.ama-assn.org/sci-pubs/amnews/pick_02/tesb0114.htm


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