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Is it true it's against the law for a Kansas physician to write a prescription to a Canadian drug company or pharmacy? If it's true, what is the information behind it?

According to Mark Stafford, general counsel for the Kansas Board of Healing Arts, the state's pharmacy act requires out-of-state pharmacies that send drugs into Kansas to be registered. The last time Stafford checked, there were not any Canadian pharmacies registered in Kansas. In addition, federal drug laws regulate importation from foreign countries, Stafford wrote in an e-mail. Directing a prescription order to a foreign pharmacy that is not abiding by the federal importation laws would be deemed dishonorable conduct, he stated. But Stafford noted the board has maintained that a physician does not engage in misconduct if he provides a prescription order to a patient - and that patient, without the physician's assistance, sends the order to a pharmacy not authorized to dispense in Kansas.


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