Illinois Attorney General Files Suit Against Four Online Pharmacies

Illinois Attorney General Jim Ryan last week filed lawsuits against four out-of-state Internet companies for selling prescription drugs online without proper licensing, making the Illinois the third state, following Kansas and Missouri, to file lawsuits against online pharmacies.

Ryan filed the lawsuits against the companies, their operators, associated doctors and pharmacies for illegal sales of Viagra, Celebrex, Claritin and other prescription drugs in Illinois. "Prescription medicines should only be dispensed under the care and supervision of properly licensed doctors and pharmacies," Ryan said. "We are alleging that these defendants were ignoring the law and putting any consumer who has a computer and a modem at risk."

The lawsuits claim that the defendants failed to disclose to consumers that their companies, doctors and pharmacies were unlicensed or unregistered to do business in Illinois. Suits were filed against ExpressMed Services Co. and Express Today Inc., Chandler, Ariz.; M.D. Healthline, Phoenix; DVM Enterprises Inc., Midlothian, Va.; and Male Clinic, Los Angeles.

"The defendants will be served and have 30 days to file an answer," said Lori Corral, a spokeswoman for the Attorney General's Office.

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