eDrugs: Evaluating the availability and impact of medications in cyberspace

Team
People, Health Equity and Innovation

Evaluating medications available on cyberspace and their impact on law enforcement and regulatory frameworks

A health related spam study by researchers P. Gernburd and A. Jadad showed that it is possible to purchase products purported to be prescription drugs and controlled substances from the Internet. The eDrugs project takes this study to the next stage by conducting advanced chemical analysis to determine whether the pharmaceutical products received are genuine, fakes, or substandard.

Abstract

A health related spam study by researchers P. Gernburd and A. Jadad showed that it is possible to purchase products purported to be prescription drugs and controlled substances from the Internet. The eDrugs project takes this study to the next stage by conducting advanced chemical analysis to determine whether the pharmaceutical products received are genuine, fakes, or substandard. Law enforcement agencies will also be evaluated on their level of preparedness for health-related spam. Findings from this project will have important implications for the public, regulatory bodies, industries, and health care professionals.

Project Sponsors

Kwan, D.

Jadad, A.

Walker, S.

Verjee, Z.

For more information about this project, contact:

Dr. Alex Jadad