Google, Warned over Ads from Illegal Online Pharmacies
Google reportedly receives a number of warnings from National Association of Boards of Pharmacy with regards to their advertisements from illegal online drug stores.
Documents shared with the Wall Street Journal pointed out that Google was repeatedly warned by the National Association of Boards and Pharmacies (NABP) that many of its advertising partners were illegal online pharmacies. Since 2003, NABP has been urging the search engine giant to accept ads from legal and verified drug stores only.
Later correspondence raised uncertainties whether Google’s advertising partners are legit. In addition to this, a letter from the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse requested the company to ‘block all advertisements for controlled prescription drugs that do not come from licensed and certified online pharmacies.’ They also appealed that Google should ‘screen such sites from Internet searches.‘
USA federal prosecutors have been investigating Google’s acceptance of advertisement from illegal online drug stores, while the company has already set aside a $500 million war chest to settle the case.
Whether the search engine giant’s verification for legit online pharmacies were flawed, or they deliberately chose to ignore the issue, remains undisclosed. However, it its unlikely for Google to claim ignorance on the argument. And if a case is brought against them, then Yahoo! and Bing are also in trouble since they used the same flawed PharmacyChecker verification service.View Article Source »