More re the world of RXs…
FDA MONOPOLY ENFORCEMENT GOES AFTER GOOGLE FOR $500 MILLION IN ONLINE PHARMACY AD PROFITS
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently snagged a hefty $500 million forfeiture, one of the largest in history, from search engine giant Google for running advertisements on its AdWords service for Canadian pharmacies.
The agency claims these ads, which were also viewable by Americans, facilitated the illegal shipment of prescription drugs into the U.S. in violation of the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act, as well as the Controlled Substances Act.
A trophy in the FDA’s trophy case of strong-armed regulatory enforcement actions, the $500 million forfeiture demonstrates the agency’s intolerance for the sale of any drug that is not officially FDA-approved.
But what it also embodies is a whole new level of government reach into private business practices, which in this case did not necessarily constitute a violation of the law on Google’s part. Since Google did not directly introduce or deliver Canadian drugs to U.S. customers, the company is technically not in violation of U.S. law. But according to the Justice Department, Google acted as an accomplice to the crime by ‘enhancing the ability of Canadian pharmacies to reach American consumers,’ according to The New York Times (http://dealbook.nytimes.com). :
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