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FedEx Indicted for Distribution of Pharmaceuticals From Illicit Internet Pharmacies

Posted in FDA, Fraud and Abuse, Litigation, Pharmaceuticals, State Matters, White Collar

Day Pitney’s August 2014 White Collar Roundup included the following item:

The U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Northern District of California has obtained a 15-count indictment against FedEx Corp. and various subsidiaries, alleging that FedEx knew its services were being used by illegal Internet pharmacies to deliver pharmaceuticals that were being sold without a prescription. FedEx was charged with violating the Controlled Substances Act and the Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act. To substantiate FedEx’s alleged knowledge that its services were used to distribute these illicit pharmaceuticals, the indictment claims FedEx drivers in Kentucky, Tennessee, and Virginia reported safety concerns to senior management because they were being stopped on the road by desperate customers demanding their packages of pills. Drivers also reported that often the delivery address was to a parking lot, school, or vacant home where several carloads of people waited for the packages from these “pharmacies.” This type of thing apparently doesn’t happen when people are expecting medicine from Walgreens or CVS. The indictment also alleges that FedEx’s gross gain from the alleged misconduct was at least $820 million.

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