The U.S. Congress has suffered low poll ratings in the past months and, more recently, has been subsumed with addressing the economic crisis facing the United States and the rest of the world. However, the government has managed to work on other important business and, on October 15, 2008, President Bush signed into law the Ryan Haight Online Pharmacy Consumer Protection Act of 2008. This law continues the government’s efforts to protect citizens from rogue internet pharmacies and from counterfeit pharmaceuticals entering the consumer supply chain and the potential life-threatening health and safety risk associated with ingesting counterfeit drugs. It also recognizes the benefits of allowing individuals to fill valid prescriptions via legitimate internet sites. This article reviews the recently passed law.
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