Internet pharmacies are an economic and communications miracle--and a regulatory nightmare. It is estimated that Americans spent some $3.2 billion in 2003 on medications from the Internet, but Internet pharmacies permit consumers to evade long-standing regulatory protections, particularly those that rely on the oversight of drug prescribing and dispensing by licensed physicians and pharmacists.
Linda C. Fentiman, Internet Pharmacies: Why State Regulatory Solutions Are Not Enough, Admin. & Reg. L. News, Fall 2004, at 5, http://digitalcommons.pace.edu/lawfaculty/634/.