Feds Bust 4,600 RX, Drug, Online Pharmacy Web Sites

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Feds Bust 4,600 RX, Drug, Online Pharmacy Web Sites

I always warn affiliates about promoting online pharmacy or RX sites, it’s just not worth the risks. 18 people were arrested for allegedly selling drugs illegally, including the ringleaders of more than 4,600 rogue Internet pharmacy websites. Agents shut down all the sites the suspects controlled in the year long investigation dubbed “Operation CYBERx.”

I have to assume that for this many sites to be involved, some type of affiliate marketing was involved, although affiliates were not mentioned in any of the reports I read. The risk to affiliates is not only coming under government scrutiny or potential arrest, but also the certainty of not being paid when these illegal companies go under. Affiliates – JUST SAY NO to online drug sales!

DEA Press Release – DEA Disables Major Pharmaceutical Internet Scheme Original source for this story was found at WebMasterWorld. DEA closes 4,600 pharmacy websites

The Star-Telegram.com reports: North Texas residents… were arrested Wednesday in what federal prosecutors described as the largest-ever crackdown on U.S.-based Internet drug trafficking… According to the indictment, the drugs included hydrocodone, phentermine hydrochloride (part of Fen-Phen), alprazolam (Xanax) and promethazine cough syrup with codeine. Online prescription drug orders are typically verified by a doctor before being filled. In this scheme, prosecutors say, doctors and pharmacies pushed orders through without verification; some filled orders without prescriptions…Investigators wouldn’t say if any doctors or pharmacists are facing arrest, although Tandy said 20 doctors and 22 pharmacies have had their registration to distribute certain drugs suspended by the DEA pending investigation.

The good news is that these people were pushing tons of RX drug SPAM, so hopefully our inboxes will be a little cleaner after this bust.

Linda Buquet, president of 5 Star Affiliate Programs.com is an Affiliate Management Consultant that represents a select group of high paying, high integrity affiliate programs. The 5 Star site also features all the best affiliate blogs and SEO news, as well as a friendly Internet marketing forum.

Loren Baker
Loren Baker is the Founder of SEJ, an Advisor at Alpha Brand Media and runs Foundation Digital, a digital marketing strategy & development agency.
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  • Greg

    I totally agree with being an affiliate to a website that sells controlled substances and drugs that are not FDA approved (generic viagra, etc…), but there are some sites (few mind you) that do not sell any controlled substances and are being shipped via brick and mortar pharmacies in the US. The patients can have the peace of mind that these drugs they are getting are FDA approved. But I always let people know to check and call these places…the pharmacy’s phone number should be readily available…and the pharmacist readily available to speak with.

  • Karl R

    I just opened my website about a month ago
    and am very concerned about prescription med fraud.

  • Andrew Morales


    Thanks for writing such a great article. It’s really good to know about drug rehab in such a detail. It all begins with the idea to try how it feels when you take a sip of alcohol. It was not only depends a mouthful, so that increases the desire of some of the drink. And that is how we become dependent, and soon will need Alcohol Detox and rehabilitation.

    People like the use of alcohol as a fashion and show their position in principle and is now a drug for them. Sad is that some are not able to achieve. But some are not able or their bad habit or you decide not able to stop what they do with themselves. People who have an addiction to alcohol can do Alcohol Detox. And place that can facilitate the Addiction Treatment is Treatment Solutions Network or http://www.treatmentsolutionsnetwork.com. By doing Alcohol Detox, alcohol addicts will understand how to overcome the desire to drink alcohol again. And with the desire to recover, usually will accelerate recovery for the patient’s own self. In addition, Opiate Detox can also be done to remove toxins from the body, this can be done if the patient has both alcohol and drugs dependence.


    – Andrew Morales

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