oday, Congressman Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) and Congressman Mike Ross (D-AR) introduced the bi-partisan Online Pharmacy Safety Act (H.R. 4095). This legislation targets fraud associated with illegal online drug providers, particularly those who sell fake medications, provide drugs without a prescription or take money without providing anything in return. The bill requires the Food and Drug Administration to establish a registry of legitimate online pharmacy websites.
The Senate companion of this legislation was introduced by Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and Jeff Sessions (R-AL) and co-sponsored by Senators Charles Schumer (D-NY) and John Cornyn (R-TX).
"Ninety-six percent of online prescription drug websites that U.S. consumers visit are illegitimate yet American consumers have no protections against these online threats. The Online Pharmacy Safety Act will ensure that consumers have access to safe and secure online pharmacies," said Congressman Bill Cassidy.
"I am proud to help introduce the Online Pharmacy Safety Act," said Congressman Mike Ross. "This legislation will help put an end to rouge internet sites that pose as legitimate pharmacies and sell potentially unsafe medicines. It also ensure that patients will be able to use the convenience of the internet to access safe and legitimate websites to receive their medicines."