Google Forfeits $500 Million for Advertising Questionable Canadian On-line Pharmacies

Google Forfeits $500 Million for Advertising Questionable Canadian On-line Pharmacies

08.25.11 | By

Yesterday, the U.S. Department of Justice announced that Google had agreed to forfeit $500 million generated by on-line advertising and prescription drug sales by Canadian on-line pharmacies. Critically, the DOJ settlement found that the sales of these questionable imported medicines put patients and consumers at risk and violated the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act and the Controlled Substances Act.

The settlement "confirms the high risks associated with purchasing medicines over the internet" and represents an important step in protecting American patients and consumers from dangerous imported and possibly counterfeit medicines. For example, a 2005 FDA investigation into the origins of medicines allegedly "sourced" in Canada found that the medicines originated from 27 other countries around the globe.

Potentially dangerous imported medicines continue to be a problem. The Partnership for Safe Medicines urges consumers to use only Verified Internet Pharmacy Practice Sites (VIPPS) when buying medicines online.

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