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New Peer-Reviewed Study Finds Online Pharmacies are Using Twitter to Illegally Sell Controlled Substances

November 3, 2017




Dr. Timothy Mackey, Associate Professor of Anesthesiology and Global Public Health at the UC San Diego School of Medicine and an ASOP Global Board Advisor joins eHealth Radio and the Health News and Pharmaceutical Channels to discuss results from a new peer reviewed study published in the November issue of the American Journal of Public Health revealed online pharmacies are using Twitter to illegally sell controlled substances to U.S. consumers.

Listen to interview with host Eric Michaels and guest Dr. Timothy Mackey discuss the following:

  • What was the purpose of this study?
  • What did you find?
  • What did you conclude?
  • Why is it illegal for pharmacies to advertise opioids on Twitter?
  • Why is this study important for consumers and how does it relate to the current national opioid crisis?
  • In October, Interpol shut down thousands of illegal online pharmacies. Is it enough?


Timothy K. Mackey, PhD, MAS is an Associate Professor of Anesthesiology and Global Public Health, the Director of the Global Health Policy Institute and Director of Healthcare Research and Policy at UC San Diego - Extension. Dr. Mackey earned his BA in Political Science-International Relations from the UC San Diego, a Master’s Degree from UC San Diego MAS Program in Health Policy and Law, and his PhD in the Joint Global Public Health program with UC San Diego and San Diego State University. In addition, Dr. Mackey worked over 10 years in industry and has consulted for organizations such as the World Health Organization and U.S. Department of Justice.





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