In San Francisco, FedEx has been accused of conspiring to deliver pharmaceutical drugs from illegal online pharmacies and a federal grand jury has indicted the company for drug trafficking, according to USA Today. The indictment states that FedEx has known for a decade that their service was used by illegal online pharmacies.
“While some Internet pharmacies were managed by well-known pharmacy chains that required valid prescriptions and visits to the patient’s personal physician, others failed to require a prescription before filling orders for controlled substances and prescription drugs,” a U.S. Sentencing Commission news release states. “These Internet pharmacies filled orders based solely on the completion of an online questionnaire, without a physical examination, diagnosis, or face-to-face meeting with a physician. Such practices violated federal and state laws governing the distribution of prescription drugs and controlled substances.”
Since 2004, FedEx had been warned by government officials at least six times, according to the prosecutors involved in the indictment.
In a statement, FedEx said. “We’re proud to say that we have partnered with the FBI, the Department of Homeland Security, DEA, and other federal, state and local law enforcement teams around the world to help stop illegal drug activity and bring criminals to justice. These efforts include providing assistance to the DEA in combating rogue internet pharmacies.”