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These online pharmacy ads allegedly sold expired or counterfeit drugs, and/or sold these drugs without a valid prescription

Google may be the search engine leader and a heavyweight in the mobile/electronics arena, but the tech giant has been in a sticky situation as of late with antitrust settlements. 

Only days ago, it was announced that Google had set aside $500 million USD for antitrust settlements from a pending U.S. federal antitrust inquiry. The U.S. Department of Justice is launching an investigation, and according to Google, this chunk of change for settlements dropped its first-quarter net income to $1.8 billion.

Now, reports state that Google is close to settling an investigation that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration launched against the tech leader last year. The FDA looked into whether Google knowingly accepted pharmacy ads online that break the law. According to reports, Google was making hundreds of millions of dollars from these online pharmacy ads, which allegedly sold expired or counterfeit drugs, and/or sold these drugs without a valid prescription, but it is currently unclear which, if both, are true.  

Last year, Google made changes to its online pharmacy ad policies after the FDA launched the investigation.

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Go after the drug companies
By cjohnson2136 on 5/13/2011 1:01:12 PM , Rating: 3
Why doesn't the FDA go after the actually drug companies selling the drugs. It's not like the drug companies are saying, "Hey Google we will buy ads to sell illegal drugs." I think its a waste of money.

RE: Go after the drug companies
By Stuka on 5/13/2011 3:04:59 PM , Rating: 2
Yeah, I'd be curious to know how Google is supposed to know what the advertiser is selling. If they became aware of the prohibited enterprises and failed to react, ok.. but are they supposed to actively verify the sellers merchandise? Would this only be for pharma ads?

RE: Go after the drug companies
By robertgu2k on 5/13/2011 3:07:50 PM , Rating: 2
Probably the same way TV networks are required to vet ads before they air them, otherwise they might be liable.

Oh yes, cheaper meds...
By Noya on 5/13/2011 11:32:51 AM , Rating: 5
...are out of the question for us in the USA. The FDA is a joke. It's owned by corporations and special interests. They aren't accountable to anyone, and have effectively bypassed the legislative branch.

RE: Oh yes, cheaper meds...
By icanhascpu on 5/13/2011 11:57:00 AM , Rating: 1
The corruption of the American standards continues by your local Way-Too-Big-Corporation©®™

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