Thompson said he has heard of some doctors who have earned more than $1 million a year writing Internet prescriptions. Jones says he's not getting rich, and hasn't harmed a single patient. He also says he gets more information than most doctors in the course of filling prescriptions.
But medical boards across the country aren't buying it: Because Jones prescribes lifestyle drugs like Viagra over the Internet, more than a dozen states have revoked or suspended his medical license, which means he is no longer allowed to sell prescriptions drugs to residents of those states. Jones says he'll appeal those cases to the end.
As for sites selling more dangerous drugs, one mother worries many parents have no idea of the danger.
"No one is aware how easy it is to buy drugs on the Internet with just a click here and a click there," Francine Haight said. "And I think parents really need to know."
Checking Out Online Pharmacies:
The National Association of Boards of Pharmacy has a program to verify online pharmacies. It is called Verified Internet Pharmacy Practice Sites. Consumers should look for their seal of approval on Web sites selling drugs. http://www.nabp.net/vipps/intro.asp
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