Rogue Pharmacies

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

Illegal online pharmacies are becoming an increasing source of prescription drugs, and some West Virginia lawmakers want the federal government to step in.

Wayne County Delegate Don Perdue, head of the House Health and Human Resources Committee, wants to see federal legislation further regulating online pharmacies and creating stiffer penalties for lawbreakers.

Perdue says states alone are relatively powerless to stop the illegal operations, which frequently involve participants in multiple states.

Officials in Kentucky have cracked down on drug deliveries from illegal online pharmacies. But they're still confronted by a booming global network of so-called rogue pharmacies operating online.

For people addicted to prescription medications like the painkiller hydrocodone the days of "doctor shopping" are over, as long as they have Internet access.

Since the passage of a 2005 law banning the importation of drugs from unlicensed online pharmacies, the Kentucky Bureau of Investigation has seized more than $1.5 million worth of controlled pharmaceuticals.

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