Federal authorities charged FedEx with assisting illegal pharmacies by knowingly delivering painkillers and dangerous drugs to customers without prescriptions. The indictment filed in federal court in San Francisco alleges that FedEx Corp. conspired with two related online pharmacies for 10 years ending in 2010.
The Department of Justice wants FedEx to forfeit $820 million it says the cargo company earned by assisting the illicit pharmacies. Online pharmacies fill drug orders without requiring a valid prescription from a doctor, which is a law in the United States.
FedEx is accused of shipping powerful sleeping aid Ambien, anti-anxiety medications Valium and Xanax, and other drugs to customers who had no legitimate medical need and lacked valid prescriptions.