Agreement Between UPS and DOJ

7 04 2013

At the end of March, 2013 the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the United Parcel Service (UPS) came to a huge, $40 million USD agreement. This agreement was made to settle allegations that UPS did business with illegal internet pharmacies. In the deal, the United States agreed not to prosecute UPS in exchange for the company giving up their payments received ($40 million) from dealing with the illegal pharmacies.

UPS, according to the DOJ, has been nothing but cooperative in this. “We are pleased with the steps UPS has taken to stop the use of its shipping services by illegal on-line pharmacies,” U.S. Attorney Melinda Haag said in a statement. “Good corporate citizens like UPS play an important role in halting the flow of illegal drugs that degrade our nation’s communities.” Interestingly enough, the DOJ said that UPS did not implement procedures to close the shipping accounts of internet pharmacies despite being put on notice from 2003 through 2010.

John Roth, director of the FDA’s office of criminal investigations, said the FDA is “hopeful that the positive actions taken by UPS in this case will send a message to other shipping firms to put public health and safety above profits.” FedEx has also said that they are on board and will do what they can to stop the shipping of illicit drugs. Google even paid $500 million to settle an investigation by the Department of Justice over allegations that it made money from illegal online pharmacies.

What is so bad about illicit online pharmacies is the fact that they generally distribute controlled substances or prescription drugs that usually need a prescription, but by purchasing them online from these certain websites you would not need a valid prescription. Please be careful when purchasing drugs online. I would caution not to purchase them online at all. Don’t put your health on the line for a seemingly “cheaper” alternative.

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