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Buyer Beware: The Danger of Purchasing Pharmaceuticals Over The Internet - Day 1

Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations

Location: Room 342, Dirksen Senate Office Building

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The Subcommittee held two days of hearings to examine the extent to which consumers can purchase pharmaceuticals over the Internet without a medical prescription, the importation of pharmaceuticals into the United States, and whether the pharmaceuticals from foreign sources are counterfeit, expired, unsafe, or illegitimate. This first hearing, held on June 17th examined the extent to which U.S. consumers can purchase dangerous and often addictive controlled substances from Internet pharmacy websites and the procedures utilized by the Food and Drug Administration, the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Bureau of Customs and Border Protection, and private stakeholders to address these drug safety issues.  The second hearing on this issue was held on July 22nd. 

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Panel 1

  • Dr.  Marcia Crosse
    Director, Public Health and Military Health Care Issues
    U. S. Government Accountability Office
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  • Mr.  Robert J. Cramer
    Managing Director, Office of Special Investigations
    General Accounting Office
    Washington, DC
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Panel 2

  • The Honorable  Rudolph W. Giuliani
    Chairman and CEO
    Giuliani Partners, LLC
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  • Dr.  Marvin D. Shepherd
    Director, Center for Pharmacoeconomic Studies
    College of Pharmacy, University of Texas at Austin
    Austin, Texas
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Panel 3

  • Ms.  Francine Haight
    Lost Son to Illegal Prescription Drugs Purchased
    Through Domestic Internet Companies
    Orange County, California
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  • Ms.  Elizabeth Carr
    Lost Husband to Illegal Prescription Drugs Purchased
    Through International Internet Companies
    Sacramento, California
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