DEA Goes After FedEx, UPS in Prescription Drug Transportation Probe


In its effort to crack down on the nation’s prescription-drug epidemic, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration has gone after doctors, pharmacists, pharmacy chains, wholesale drug suppliers – and now FedEx and UPS, reports the Orlando Sentinel. Both companies have disclosed in corporate filings that they are targets of a federal investigation related to packages shipped from online pharmacies. It appears federal officials are suggesting the shipping companies take responsibility for the prescription drugs inside packages they are transporting. FedEx officials call the California-based probe “absurd and deeply disturbing” and a threat to customers’ privacy. “We are a transportation company – we are not law enforcement, we are not doctors and we are not pharmacists,” said FedEx spokesman Patrick Fitzgerald. Rep. John Mica (R-Fl.) asked DEA Administrator Michele Leonhart and Attorney General Eric Holder this month to recognize “the difficulty and unfairness of requiring those carriers to assume responsibility for the legality and validity of the contents of the millions of sealed packages that they pick up and deliver ever day.” Mica reports FedEx as one of his top campaign contributors.

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