July 12, 2000
Vol. 1, No. 12
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FTC CRACKS DOWN ON WEB PHARMACIES
Ten individuals and pharmacies involved in selling Viagra and
other impotence drugs online have settled charges by the Federal
Trade Commission that they made deceptive claims about their
medical and pharmaceutical facilities. According to the FTC, the
sites claimed they were part of clinics that treated sexual
dysfunction and that all prescriptions were filled on their
premises. Neither claim was true, the agency said.
Source: Associated Press - July 12, 2000
FTC press release: http://www.ftc.gov/opa/2000/07/iog.htm
VIAGRA SELLER BRINGS BIG DOLLARS
A company housed in a strip mall office in rural Alabama uses a
computer server in Australia and doctors in Romania to help it
sell millions of dollars of Viagra annually over the Internet.
The company's owner has no medical background, and previously
trained horses and cleaned aquariums for a living. Her company is
under investigation by federal and local authorities, who are
trying to figure out whether it's violating any laws.
Source: Associated Press - July 10, 2000
WRITER'S DREAM FOR A CHARITY TURNS BITTER
In 1992, best-selling author Tom Clancy started a foundation
that, in part, aimed at helping children with grave illnesses to
talk with one another and learn about their diseases through the
Internet. Millions of dollars have been spent since, but the
foundation does not even have a Web site. Now, Clancy is shutting
down the foundation amidst a flurry of lawsuits and federal
Source: New York Times - July 11, 2000
Health calculators where visitors answer a series of questions to
get an assessment of their health are popping up all over Web
health sites. But there are serious concerns about the
calculators' accuracy and about how information supplied to them
Source: Los Angeles Times - July 10, 2000
ONLINE HEALTH CARE INITIATIVES ON THE RISE
Health insurers are rolling out electronic systems that allow
members to get referrals or check their eligibility online, and
that allow physicians to submit referrals and verify patient
eligibility. The aim is to improve customer service while also
saving money by reducing the number of support calls received.
Source: Computerworld - July 10, 2000
ONLINE HEALTH CARE CONTENDS WITH FRAUD
Online pharmacies are scrambling to develop consumer protection
policies in an effort to fend off additional governmental
regulation. Yet the real problem online is with rogue pharmacies
that often operate in other countries and are not subject to U.S.
laws or regulations.
Source: InfoWorld - July 5, 2000
E-MAIL MESSAGES ARE SPREADING HEALTH MYTHS
Antiperspirants cause breast cancer. Needles hidden in movie
theater seats will give you AIDS. These are just some of the
health myths spreading across the Internet by e-mail, forwarded
seemingly endlessly. This article looks at some of the most
common rumors - and why they're untrue.
Source: Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune - July 7, 2000
"Cyber" Letters 2000
This section of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration site offers
letters the agency has sent to Web sites that may be selling
prescription drugs in violation of U.S. law. So far, all of the
letters have gone to sites located overseas. Each letter contains
the name and postal address of the site operator, the site's Web
address, and the alleged violation of U.S. law.
Unconventional Cancer Therapies
The provincial cancer agency in British Columbia, Canada, has
placed online the full text of the third (2000) edition of its
book titled "Unconventional Cancer Therapies." The book consists
of 46 articles about some of the more popular alternative
treatments, such as beta carotene, teas, herbal remedies,
macrobiotic diets, and shark cartilage. Each article has
quotations from the professional literature and references for
each quoted source.
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