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Proposed Drug Safety Bill Could Have Implications for Telemedicine Prescribing

There is a proposal moving through Congress that has some interesting implications for telemedicine.  Sen. Diane Feinstein (D-CA) and Rep. Bill Cassidy (R-LA) have proposed an amendment to the Online Pharmacy Safety Act that would impose additional restrictions on when and under what circumstances practitioners can prescribe medication under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act.  Although the Online Pharmacy Act is primarily intended to put an end to illegitimate pharmacies and the fraudulent sale of drugs online, as the American Telemedicine Association, HealthLeaders, and others  (such as GlobalMed)  have pointed out, the proposed amendment from Cassidy and Feinstein could have more far-reaching implications for telemedicine.

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