GoDaddy Lobbies on Pharmacy Issues

GoDaddy logoDomain Name Wire has an interesting article on Go Daddy and looks at why gave US$580,000 lobbying in 2007. Domain Name Wire found it odd that one of the articles they spent money on was “pharmacy”.

The article found at least some of the money was spent on. It was “The Ryan Haight Online Pharmacy Consumer Protection Act of 2008.” The legislation, introduced by Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., is key to reducing the proliferation of illegitimate pharmacies on the Internet.

Go Daddy have issued a news release announcing the passing of the bill here.

The bill, which is now awaiting action in the House of Representatives, would amend the federal drug law by requiring that Web-based companies only dispense controlled substances to individuals who have a valid prescription and have been examined at least once by a health care provider.

“Go Daddy applauds any action to help reduce the number of rogue Internet pharmacies that are either selling controlled substances without a valid prescription, or selling illegal or counterfeit prescriptions over the Web,” said Go Daddy’s CEO and Founder Bob Parsons. “This legislation will give us the ability to be proactive when we are made aware of Internet pharmacy sites that do not comply with registration requirements.”

The bill is named after Ryan Haight, a California teenager who died after overdosing on Vicodin, which he obtained on the Internet. Passage in the Senate comes as the number of sites that are either selling or advertising prescription medication on the Web grows at a remarkable rate, according to a recent study conducted by The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Colombia University.

But Domain Name Wire isn’t convinced it’s the whole story. They “suspect the company was lobbying to make sure there weren’t provisions in the bill that forced domain registrars to take specific actions without a valid complaint. Registars want to be allowed to respond to requests without facing liability, but also don’t want the burden to be placed on them to police registrations — and for good reason.”

To read the full Domain Name Wire article, see domainnamewire.com/2008/04/03/why-godaddy-spent-lobbying-money-on-pharmacy-issues.