By 2002, kwikmed had won over the utah regulators by giving them veto power over everything from the drugs the site would sell, to the doctors and pharmacists it would hire, to the wording of its hiring contracts. Kwikmed as an adviser, says that some conditions such as erectile dysfunction usually dont require a physical examination. Kwikmed goes a step further by not only selling drugs, but also arranging for patients to obtain a prescription from a doctor through an online consultation.
But kwikmeds efforts as an early pioneer in the field raise the larger question of whether online prescription services have a legitimate role in the medical community in the future. Many medical professionals believe that the internet will eventually be a powerful tool for doctors and patients. He says he has invested millions in kwikmed, which deals in lifestyle drugs such as impotence treatments viagra and cialis and hair-loss remedy propecia.
Indeed, a year after he bought the company, a federal grand jury in arizona indicted kwikmeds former owners on 198 counts. Ax acknowledges the problems of the industry but says kwikmed will prove that online prescribing can be done right. In an unusual move, kwikmeds lawyer, kevin marino, voluntarily submitted the company to the jurisdiction of the utah board that licenses doctors and pharmacieseven though that board does not oversee web sites.
Winter counts out and dispenses the drugs kwikmed sells into child-proof bottles. Winter was filling 200 to 300 orders a day, but when kwikmed bolstered its questionnaire and made ordering tougher, volume declined to 100 a day. But in a field where most doctors still keep paper files, its too early to say how e-prescriptions will evolve.
A few doors down from his storefront operation, terrace pharmacy, mr. The fsmb has asked utah to reconsider its approval of kwikmed. Ax says he decided that the customer list in itself could defray much of the cost of the purchase, if he was forced to shut down the business.
Ax fought the ruling and eventually won, but by then the tech bubble had burst. But from his headquarters in a low-slung office park here, kwikmed chief executive peter ax is waging a lonely campaign to win respect for his business. Utah medical association agrees with me, as does most of the pharmaceutical community. Some sell highly addictive narcotic painkillers and other potentially dangerous drugs. Nasdaq opposed listing the company, because the business model relied on a listing with the exchange and the site wasnt yet functional.
Ax is hoping to convince critics that his business of prescribing and selling drugs online is not only lawful, but also an important medical service. Winter counts out and dispenses the drugs kwikmed sells into child-proof bottles. Government accountability office found that some web pharmacies ship counterfeit drugs or drugs that have not been stored properly, while other dont ship the drugs at all. Axs efforts, in the short term, are hurting his business as less scrupulous competitors undercut him. While some may try to log back in and answer the questions differently, mr.
A number of lawmakers on capitol hill are proposing federal legislation that would target online pharmacies. And in one high-profile case, 18-year-old california high-school student ryan haight died in 2001 after taking a mixture of narcotics that he purchased online. Wenner, a passionate advocate of using computers for patient interviewing, helped kwikmed develop its questionnaire, which draws from a database of 5,000 questions and offers different questions based on the answers received. And dozens of states have revoked or suspended the licenses of doctors and pharmacists who work with web pharmacy sites. That makes it the only online prescription web site in the u.
Ax says he decided that the customer list in itself could defray much of the cost of the purchase, if he was forced to shut down the business. Already, many other pill-dispensing web sites have gone under, gone underground or moved overseas. A few doors down from his storefront operation, terrace pharmacy, mr. . The indictment alleges that in 1998 to 2000, the web site boasted sales of more than 28 million, from at least 48,816 orders and 41,817 refills. Ax says the company can thwart such attempts using address information. Despite opposition from the medical establishment, pharmaceutical companies and many state and federal lawmakers, mr. But kwikmeds efforts as an early pioneer in the field raise the larger question of whether online prescription services have a legitimate role in the medical community in the future. Kwikmed even allows utah regulators to access a database containing its patients medical history and the results of online consultations. Each potential customer must fill out a 20-minute survey before kwikmeds doctors will write a prescription.Ordering Viagra Online.... Individual.com. October 22, 2008. KwikMed's Online Patient ... Viagra manufacturer Pfizer Inc. has lobbied the Utah state legislature to crack down on ... Sales have dropped by more than 50% since the handover, as some customers saw they could ... no physician reviewed applications ... ·