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Free Online CME/CPE Activity

Internet Drug Sellers: What Providers Need to Know

The Internet has had a profound impact on the practice of medicine and offers potential opportunities for improving the delivery and accessibility of health care.  However, as more and more patients turn to the Internet to purchase their prescription drugs, whether for lifesaving medicines, antibiotics, or drugs for cancer, diabetes, and infertility, health care providers must play a key role in patient protection.  It has been reported that 97% of Internet pharmacies are illegal, selling prescription drugs without a valid prescription, offering unregulated and potentially unsafe pharmaceuticals, and/or lacking the required licenses.  The goal of this activity is to increase awareness of illegitimate online pharmacies and to educate providers on how rogue online pharmacies operate as well as the dangers they pose to patients.

 

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