No Prescription Needed Online Pharmacies With Manipulative Advertising Techniques Inflame Prescription Painkiller Abuse In The United States
A serious problem being faced by both federal and state authorities across the country are illegal dealers of prescription painkillers and other prescription drugs using no prescription needed or no real prescription needed online pharmacies to sell drugs. Since the pharmacies tend to be based in foreign countries, it has proven incredibly difficult to track down and prosecute such dealers in the past. ONE80CENTER condemns no prescription needed and no real prescription needed online pharmacies and the illegal distribution of prescription painkillers and other prescription drugs.
Two international examples of such pharmacies that use traditional pharmaceutical images and guarantees to mask their business are pharmaplax and ediscountpharmacies. As tracking data and enforcement methods adapt to the problem, more and more prescription painkiller dealers and sites are actively being prosecuted. But the international locations remains a problem as does the manipulative methods used by some of the online pharmacies based in America.
By using manipulative advertising techniques that are dangerous and criminal in nature, the no prescription online pharmacies offer access to prescription painkillers and other drugs like tranquilizers and stimulants with nothing more than a credit card number. Examples of recent successful prosecutions in the past year include two Missouri residents who were sentenced in federal court. The couple made millions of dollars in a conspiracy to distribute prescription drugs through such online pharmacies.
Anthony Holman, 36, and his wife, Arcelia Holman, 44, were each sentenced on Wednesday by U.S. District Judge Greg Kays to eight months in federal prison without parole. The Holmans pleaded guilty to participating in a conspiracy to distribute hydrocodone and alprazolam by using fraudulent prescriptions obtained through the Web sites they operated. They also pleaded guilty to their roles in a money-laundering conspiracy related to financial transactions that involved the proceeds of the drug-trafficking conspiracy as well as using no prescription online pharmacies to process the orders.
By pleading guilty, the Holmans agreed to forfeit to the government nearly $407,000 that was seized from their bank accounts by law enforcement officers as well as a BMW sport utility vehicle, a Chevrolet Corvette and a Toyota 4Runner. Anthony and Arcelia Holman owned and operated PersonalizedRx, a corporation founded and based in St. Robert, Missouri. They sold hydrocodone to undercover law enforcement agents through the Web site. Anthony Holman told an undercover law enforcement officer that the Web site generated $100,000 in revenue per month; another Web site in which he had an interest generated $50,000 in revenue per month.
In general, the customers of no prescription pharmacies fill out an online “medical history questionnaire” and submitted false medical records via fax. Customers paid for an “initial consultation” via credit card or cash; medical insurance is not accepted on these sites. The identity of the customer, the medical information in the questionnaire, and the medical records are never verified. The physicians or physician assistants who conduct the consultations have no face-to-face contact with the customers, did not verify the clients’ identities or age, and did not conduct any physical examinations or testing.
Another problem with no prescription online pharmacies is the prevalence of counterfeit drugs that are sold as the real deal. Whether it is Oxycodone or Adderall, Percocet or Valium, the drugs often are not even generic copies. In many cases, they are foreign simulations with contaminants and questionable ingredients. Beyond giving access to underage buyers to serious prescription drug abuse that often leads to addiction, the contaminants and questionable ingredients create additional health risks. By using easy access to inflame prescription drug abuse in America, ONE80CENTER recognizes that these criminals are making a bad situation worse.