A Crackdown On E Druggists

Online pill-pushers are in U.S. regulators' sights

On Nov. 22, a 15-year-old boy in Michigan got on the Internet and visited the Web site of ConfiMed, the self-described "original online source" for Viagra and other medication. He filled out an order for Xenical, a weight-loss drug with side effects including bloating, cramps, and diarrhea. The next day, he got a puzzled e-mail from ConfiMed: "At 5 foot 9, 130 pounds, there would be a question as to why you might need Xenical," it wondered. "Please send further explanation."

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