Buyer Beware: The Danger of Purchasing Pharmaceuticals over the Internet, Hearings before the Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations of the Committee on Governmental Affairs, United States Senate, One Hundred Eighth Congress, Second Session, July 17 and July 22, 2004 [open pdf - 320KB]
From the opening statement of Norm Coleman: "Anyone, including children, can easily purchase the highly addictive painkiller hydrocodone from the Internet without providing a prescription or being examined by a physician; the Internet pharmacies from which GAO purchased hydrocodone charge significantly higher prices than walk-in pharmacies, regardless of whether a patient has health insurance; and some Internet pharmacies focus exclusively on selling hydrocodone. GAO has concluded that these sites are in the business of profiting from illegal drug use rather than providing a safe, inexpensive alternative source for consumers lacking health insurance. In order to put a human face on this dangerous and potentially lethal situation, we will hear testimony from two individuals who lost family members because of overdoses of drugs procured through rogue Internet sites." Statements, material, and letters submitted for the record include those of the following: Norm Coleman, Carl Levin, Susan Collins, Frank Lautenberg, Marcia Crosse, Robert J. Cramer, Rudolph W. Giuliani, Marvin D. Shepherd, Elizabeth Carr, Francine Hahn Haight, Richard M. Stana, Karen P. Tandy, Lee R. Heath, Jayson P. Ahern, John M. Taylor III, William Hubbard, John Scheibel, Sheryl Sandberg, Robert A. Bryden, Daniel J. Silva, Joshua L. Peirez, Steve Ruwe.
S. Hrg. 108-684; Senate Hearing 108-684
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