AMA Journal of Ethics®

Illuminating the art of medicine

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AMA Journal of Ethics®

Illuminating the art of medicine

Virtual Mentor. July 2009, Volume 11, Number 7.

Ethics Poll

Transporting Drugs and Germs

The Ethics Poll is a snapshot of the opinions of interested readers.

An FDA study of imported mail-order drugs found counterfeit, so-called “foreign versions” of FDA-approved drugs, improperly labeled drugs, drugs that failed to meet special storage conditions, and drugs that required physician monitoring. For reasons like these, it is illegal to import prescription drugs into the U.S., regardless of the cost savings. Which of the following statements best expresses your response to this situation?
During the SARS and more recent H1N1 or "swine flu" pandemics, travel to disease “hot spots” was discouraged and some prospective travelers were quarantined. If you had vacation plans to travel by air to a city with a documented outbreak of H1N1 but no travel restrictions, would you:
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