Google Pays $500 Million Fine For Drug Ads


Google has agreed to pay one of the largest fines in U.S. history for allowing online Canadian pharmacies to place advertisements on the huge Internet search company’s web sites.

The $500 million fine is roughly equal to the gross revenues made by Google and the pharmacies on these transactions between 2003 and 2009.

Justice Department officials say the ads resulted in the unlawful importation of prescription and non-prescription drugs to the United States without proper safeguards.

Justice says some drugs were sold without proper prescriptions, while some others failed to meet U.S. standards for manufacturing, storage, or labeling.


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