AMA debates access to internet prescriptions, flu vaccine

Monday, December 6th 2004, 9:58 am
By: News On 6

ATLANTA (AP) _ In debates about drug importation and the distribution of flu vaccines Sunday, the nation's largest physician organization argued health care is more than a free-enterprise venture.

Among other topics discussed at its annual winter meeting today, the American Medical Association's 545-member House of Delegates considered resolutions to approve the purchase of imported drugs on the Internet and to improve the delivery of the flu vaccine.

In the case of drug importation, AMA delegates considered the potential availability of cheaper drugs for the American public but said safety was a more important factor.

Meanwhile, delegates said the flu vaccine must be delivered to high-risk patients as a top priority during shortages instead of allowing big businesses to sell the vaccine on a first-come basis.