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Report: Yahoo! Also Displaying No-Prescription Required, non-US Internet Pharmacy Ads
Date:8/18/2009

ARLINGTON, Va., Aug. 18 /PRNewswire/ -- LegitScript.com, an online pharmacy verification service, and KnujOn.com, an Internet compliance company, have released a report analyzing Yahoo's online advertisements for Internet pharmacies. The report indicates that more than 80% of Yahoo's Internet pharmacy ads reviewed by the authors were operating contrary to US federal and state laws.

In the report, the researchers state that they were able to buy prescription drugs without a prescription from Yahoo Internet pharmacy advertisements, including of potentially habit-forming medications. In one case, the drugs were imported from India, which is prohibited by US law.

The report also touches on PharmacyChecker.com, Yahoo!'s Internet pharmacy verification service. In the report, the authors indicate that they acquired prescription drugs without a prescription from an Internet pharmacy approved by PharmacyChecker and listed on PharmacyChecker.com. Those drugs were also imported from India.

Yahoo!, Google and Microsoft require their Internet pharmacy advertisers to be verified as legitimate by PharmacyChecker.

Dan Pearson, father of Justin Pearson, after whom Minnesota's Internet pharmacy law is named, said "My daily trip to the cemetery to visit my son only reinforces my resolve to address this national travesty. The search engines have said for years that they are taking effective steps to stop no-prescription-required Internet pharmacies from advertising. Until they get serious about this, parents like myself wi
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