FedEx charged with shipping illegal prescriptions

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SAN FRANCISCO, -- FedEx has been charged with assisting illegal pharmacies.

The Federal charge says FedEx knowingly delivered dangerous drugs to people who did not have prescriptions.

The Department of Justice alleged FedEx worked with two online pharmacies from 2000-2010.

Among the items FedEx is accused shipping are Ambien, Xanax and Valium.

The following is a statement from Patrick Fitzgerald, Senior Vice President Marketing and Communications, FedEx

July 17, 2014

FedEx is innocent of the charges brought today by the Department of Justice. We will plead not guilty. We will defend against this attack on the integrity and good name of FedEx and its employees.

FedEx has a 42-year history of close cooperation with law enforcement agencies. We’re proud to say that we have partnered with the FBI, the Department of Homeland Security, DEA, and other federal, state and local law enforcement teams around the world to help stop illegal drug activity and bring criminals to justice. These efforts include providing assistance to the DEA in combatting rogue internet pharmacies. We have repeatedly requested that the government provide us a list of online pharmacies engaging in illegal activity. Whenever DEA provides us a list of pharmacies engaging in illegal activity, we will turn off shipping for those companies immediately. So far the government has declined to provide such a list.

FedEx transports more than 10 million packages a day. The privacy of our customers is essential to the core of our business. This privacy is now at risk, based on the charges by the Department of Justice related to the transportation of prescription medications.

We want to be clear what’s at stake here: the government is suggesting that FedEx assume criminal responsibility for the legality of the contents of the millions of packages that we pick up and deliver every day. We are a transportation company – we are not law enforcement. We have no interest in violating the privacy of our customers. We continue to stand ready and willing to support and assist law enforcement. We cannot, however, do the job of law enforcement ourselves.


  • Dr. JohnS

    Most ridiculous law suit I have ever heard of. They cannot do their job so go after some one who is not suppose to do the job. Makes good sense for our government employees.

    • humm

      A Grand Jury indicted the company for knowingly shipping prescription drugs to dealers and addicts from illegal online pharmacies.

      The charges come after a 9-year federal investigation.

      According to the indictment, FedEx knew something shady was happening. For example, there were aggressive customers who would jump on trucks, threaten drivers, and demand their shipments immediately.

  • Russell Litterell

    How is the company suppose to know if an individual has a prescription? I think the HIPAA law would prevent them from asking or at least the pharmacy from telling.

      • humm

        @Whatever – listen dick, that’s just want another new station said. When you are delivering large amount of “prescriptions” to the hood (i.e. your house), then it probably a drug dealer.

  • Janet

    It seems highly suspicious that the DEA repeatedly refused to provide a list of these online pharmacies when FedEx requested it. Its just one more way for Holder to direct attention away from all its other idiocies and scandals.

  • Sportzfanz

    Oh pleeeeze!!! FedEx picks up and delivers packages! It is not their job to decide what pharmacy is legal or not legal !!! Someone else is to blame on this one!

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