How to Spot an Online Pharmacy Scam

What is telemedicine?

Telemedicine is the practice of diagnosing and treating patients remotely through telecommunications such as over the phone or an internet video chat service such as Skype.

States that allow telemedicine

As of 2017, only Ohio, Delaware, Florida, New Hampshire, Indiana, Hawaii, and West Virginia allow physicians to prescribe controlled substances through telemedicine under very limited circumstances.

The very limited circumstances for physicians include:

• The patient is a current patient of a physician or who is a colleague of the physician

• The patient is located in a DEA-registered hospital or clinic

• The patient is being treated by, and in the physical presence of a state licensed physician registered with the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA)

What is the Ryan Haight Online Consumer Protection Act?

This act focuses on controlled substances being sold on the internet. The important takeaway is that controlled substances cannot be delivered through the internet without a valid prescription. A prescription is valid when the practitioner conducts at least one in-person medical evaluation of the patient.

How to Spot an Online Pharmacy Scam:

• An online questionnaire

• Your physician is from another state

• You are connected to a physician outside the USA

Vet Scams

Veterinarian bills can be expensive, so it might be tempting to look for affordable options. But pharmacy scams also extend to animal health as well. To avoid veterinarian pharmacy scams, do not consult with a veterinarian licensed in another state and insist on an in-person examination.