The U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of California charged the FedEx Corporation with conspiring with two separate but related online pharmacy organizations to distribute controlled substances and prescription drugs to U.S. consumers without requiring the customers to have a valid prescription, as required by the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act.
Agents from the FDA’s Office of Criminal Investigations worked closely with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), which led this investigation, and the U.S. Attorney’s Office to prevent these organizations from distributing drugs ordered illegally through the internet.
According to the indictment, as of July 2004, FedEx employees had identified over 200 accounts that were associated with online pharmacies. By September of 2010, the list had increased to over 600 online pharmacy accounts.
Illegal internet pharmacies rely on overnight couriers to facilitate the illegal distribution of prescription drugs. The FDA is hopeful that these actions will continue to reinforce the message that the public’s health takes priority over a company’s profits. The FDA also commends its DEA colleagues for their strong lead in helping protect the public’s health.
See the FDA Announcement
See also Medical Law Perspectives, May 2013 Report: Drugs, Dosage, and Damage: Physician Liability for Prescribing or Administering Medication