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Tuesday, April 2, 2013

UPS to Pay $40 Million

Everyday millions of pharmaceutical drugs are shipped across the world through a number of different channels - FedEx, UPS, DHL, and the USPS. Many of the drugs shipped are done so illegally and shippers do little to stop the ever growing trend.

In an attempt to stop this trend the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of California conducted an investigation of UPS which was part of the government’s plan to stop illegal sales of prescription painkillers, The Wall Street Journal notes.

United Parcel Service (UPS) has agreed to settle an investigation into online pharmacy shipments, The Wall Street Journal reports. UPS will pay $40 million that it received from illicit online pharmacies, so that it will not be prosecuted. UPS also will put in place a compliance program designed to ensure that illegal online pharmacies will no longer be able to use the company’s services to distribute drugs. According to a news release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office, “UPS has cooperated fully with the investigation and has already taken steps to ensure that illegal Internet pharmacies can no longer use its services to ship drugs.”

“We are pleased with the steps UPS has taken to stop the use of its shipping services by illegal online pharmacies,” said U.S. Attorney Melinda Haag. “Good corporate citizens like UPS play an important role in halting the flow of illegal drugs that degrade our nation’s communities. We are hopeful that the leadership displayed by UPS through this compliance program will set the standard for the parcel delivery industry and will materially assist the federal government in its battle against illegal Internet pharmacies.”
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