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The National Association of Attorneys General found ads on Google's search engine, and questionable content on YouTube

Advertisements for illegal online pharmacies are still found on Google's search engine, and Mississippi state's Attorney General is not pleased.

Mississippi state Attorney General Jim Hood, along with the National Association of Attorneys General, complained yesterday that Google is (once again) posting advertisements for illegal online pharmacies through its search engine, and is even allowing this drug-related content to be posted on YouTube. 

To make matters worse, Hood said the content and advertisements are easy to find. 

"On every check we have made, Google's search engine gave us easy access to illegal goods, including websites which offer dangerous drugs without a prescription, counterfeit goods of every description," said Hood. "This behavior means that Google is putting consumers at risk and facilitating wrongdoing, all while profiting handsomely from illegal behavior."

The National Association of Attorneys General further complained that YouTube hosts many videos on how to buy drugs from online pharmacies without a prescription. Some of the results even have links to websites that sell the drugs, such as Tramadol or Percocet.

The association said Google is not doing its part to keep citizens safe. For users to post videos on YouTube, they must allow Google to post ads on the video's pages. Once users give YouTube permission, Google splits the page-view revenue with the users. However, the complaint is that Google isn't paying close enough attention to what's being posted, and is even making money off of the explicit content. 

"We take the safety of our users very seriously and we've explained to Attorney General Hood how we enforce policies to combat rogue online pharmacies and counterfeit drugs," Google said in a statement yesterday. "In the last two years, we've removed more than 3 million ads for illegal pharmacies, and we routinely remove videos that are flagged for violating YouTube's Guidelines regarding dangerous or illegal content."

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) launched an investigation against Google in 2009 regarding whether the search leader knowingly accepted fake Canadian pharmacy ads online that were illegal. According to the Department of Justice (DOJ), shipping prescriptions to the United States from outside of the country is "generally illegal" because they are not FDA-approved for safety. The DOJ stated that Google was aware of this since as early as 2003, concluding that it knowingly accepted these pharmacy ads
In August 2011, Google was ordered to pay $500 million to settle the investigation.

Source: Mercury News

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By sprockkets on 6/7/2013 12:14:22 PM , Rating: 4
The government and they lobbyists for the pharmaceutical companies hate competition!

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By v1001 on 6/7/2013 12:43:31 PM , Rating: 2
Exactly. And if they really cared about people and their health instead of money they wouldn't even create half the meds they shove down peoples throats.

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By invidious on 6/7/2013 1:04:48 PM , Rating: 2
Just because someone on the internet comes up with an argument that seems convincing to a layman does not make them correct. A few counter examples does not disprove centuries of scientific research. Medicine is not an exact science and does not claim to be. If your results are not as intended you are welcome to stop taking the drugs.

Most of the counter pharmaceutical content you find on the internet comes hand in hand with link to endless nutritional based remedies that cost as much or more than the pharmaceutical drugs. Except those have zero research to back them up and as such offer no substanciating data.

The reality is that 99.99% of conspiracy nuts will do whatever their doctor tells them to do once they actually get sick and have something to lose.

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By BRB29 on 6/7/2013 1:52:00 PM , Rating: 3
lol why are you even surprised. It's pretty normal for people to expect everyone else to be perfect besides them. It's so easy blame instead of taking personal responsibility.

If you fall for a fake drug that ruined your life then you're dumb. When you take something, make sure you know what it is. You already know the reputable brand. You already know why you should discuss with your doctors and why only doctors can prescribe medication. I'm sorry but there are so many roadblocks set up to stop stupid people from harming themselves yet they still do.

There's so much info on the internet now to be fooled. People just want to look at ads that yell sweet nothings in their ears.

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By Camikazi on 6/8/2013 2:18:04 PM , Rating: 2
You can only slow down the stupid, there isn't a governing body in the world that can compete with the stupid in their own field.

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By Jeffk464 on 6/10/2013 1:53:05 PM , Rating: 2
You missed the point, the US is blocking you from buying the same exact drug from Canada in order to increase drug company profits.

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By daboom06 on 6/7/2013 1:32:46 PM , Rating: 3
drug overprescription is a market based trend. people want to take a pill to solve a problem. they don't want to stop drinking soda or eat less meat. or sleep more or learn to stretch.

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By Apone on 6/10/2013 11:46:28 AM , Rating: 2
Exactly. And if they really cared about people and their health instead of money they wouldn't even create half the meds they shove down peoples throats.

I agree but you also cannot ignore the reality that many drug companies are capitalizing on consumers' negligence. Ailments ranging from Obesity to Diabetes to Heart Disease can be reduced or prevented with moderation of food consumption and daily exercise/lifting regimen, etc. This is why I push myself physically at the gym so I don't end up relying on a prescription pill cocktail to survive once I get old.

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By Samus on 6/7/2013 2:36:26 PM , Rating: 2
I've ordered prescription drugs from Canada (because one of the drugs I was on here was running me $330/month) and although they were cheaper (not much cheaper) they were clearly less potent. They were also manufactured in India.

American Pharma has very high standards of quality and manufacturing. That's (one) of the reasons they cost so much. Obviously the profit margin is higher, but you get what you pay for.

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By sprockkets on 6/8/2013 12:13:51 PM , Rating: 2
FYI just because you got them from the US doesn't mean that US ones aren't made in India either.

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By BRB29 on 6/10/2013 7:49:50 AM , Rating: 2
It's not about where they're from. The ones sold at US pharmacies have to meet a certain standard and they are checked.

Anything medical in the US will cost an arm and a leg solely because of all the free drugs and services we have to give out to uninsured non-paying patients. The law also requires hospitals to treat every patient equal regardless of their financial competency.

It is estimated that the average paying American is paying 3-3.5x.

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By Jeffk464 on 6/10/2013 1:56:16 PM , Rating: 2
Give me a break, we are talking about Canada here, not Zimbabwe.

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