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Fedex Indicted With Shipping Illegal Prescription Drugs

July 20, 2014 - On Thursday FedEx Corp. was indicted in a San Francisco federal court for delivering prescription pain pills, sedatives, anti-anxiety drugs and other controlled substances for illegal Internet pharmacies (online pharmacies).

Over the years online pharmacies have become very attractive to consumers in the United States as consumers can save as much as 80 percent on the cost of prescription drugs using a foreign internet pharmacy and in many case the consumer does not need to present a prescription from a doctor.

The problem with online pharmacies is the lack of consumer controls that would insure the drugs are safe. In some cases these pharmacies are sending out counterfeit, outdated or bogus medications as well the consumer does not truly know the country of true origin.


FedEx has been charged with 15 counts of conspiracy to distribute controlled substances and misbranded drugs and drug trafficking. Back in 2013 United Parcel Service agreed to forfeit $40 million in payments it received from illicit online pharmacies under a non-prosecution agreement with the U.S. Justice Department.

The Department of Justice asserts FedEx assisting illegal pharmacies knowingly by delivering painkillers and dangerous drugs such as Ambien, anti-anxiety medications Valium and Xanax to customers without prescriptions and to customers who had no legitimate medical need to these drugs and wants the company to forfeit $820 million it says the cargo company made.

FedEx insists it did nothing wrong. Patrick Fitzgerald a company spokesman said "We will plead not guilty. We will defend against this attack on the integrity and good name of FedEx and its employees." The company reported that it handles 10 million packages a day and shouldn't be in charge of "assuming criminal responsibility" for every delivery.



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