Safe Migraine Medications and New Laws in Effect

Provisions of the Ryan Haight Online Pharmacy Consumer Protection Act 0f 2008 went into effect on 4/13/09.

by Teri Robert, Lead Expert

Have you purchased or considered purchasing Migraine or other medications online, from a site that does not require you to have a prescription?

If so, think about it again. There are some serious financial reasons behind the use of online pharmacies for some people, but there are other, safer possibilities that will be discussed later in this article.

On April 13 (2009), the provisions of the Ryan Haight Online Pharmacy Consumer Protection Act 0f 2008 went into effect.

This act, which amends the Controlled Substances Act to address online pharmacies, is named after 18-year-old Ryan Haight who died after overdosing on a prescription painkiller he obtained on the Internet.

We've all heard stories such as Haight's. Stories about people who got something that looked like the medication they'd ordered, but wasn't... Stories of people who got ill from the medications they'd purchased online... and more. But the laws haven't been able to keep pace with the Internet.

DEA Acting Administrator Michele M. Leonhart stated:

"Now that this law has been put into force it will be harder for cybercriminals to supply controlled substances over the Internet and easier for us to prosecute them. These regulations add important new provisions to prevent the illegal distribution of controlled substances through the Internet. Its implementation will increase Internet safety and help prevent tragedies like Ryan Haight's death from happening again."3


"Cyber-criminals illegally peddling controlled substances over the Internet have invaded households and threatened America’s youth for far too long by supplying pharmaceuticals with a few clicks of a mouse and a credit card number,” Acting Administrator Leonhart said. “This landmark piece of legislation will bring rogue pharmacy operators out of the shadows by establishing a clear standard for legitimate online pharmaceutical sales. The legislation will allow customers to know they are doing business with a trusted, legitimate pharmacy, and give law enforcement the tools we need to identify illegitimate online pharmacies."4

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