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Triangle-Based Online Pharmacy In Trouble Again

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RALEIGH, N.C. — A Triangle-based virtual pharmacy that first came under fire during the anthrax scare is in trouble again.

The North Carolina Medical Board suspended the licenses of three doctors and cited a fourth. The doctors were all from out of state, but they have worked through the Virtual Medical Group, writing prescriptions to patients in North Carolina that they have never seen or examined.

The company, based out of Morrisville, was recently under fire for prescribing Cipro during the nation's anthrax scare.

"Let's just put it this way. A lot of what's happening on the Internet when it comes to prescribing is just outright sham," said Andrew Watry of the N.C. Medical Board. "A physician should not be writing prescriptions for a patient that he or she has never seen."

The suspensions of the three doctors have been lifted because they agreed not to do business again in North Carolina with Virtual Medical Group. The company's president told WRAL, "We respect the authority of the board, disagree with it, and stand behind our business model. We're proud of what we do."

The company no longer offers services to people who live in North Carolina.