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August 25, 2011

Google Coughs Up Half a Billion

Who says there's no good news? The Steep Cost of Google's Illegal Pharmacy Ads
In one of the largest forfeitures in U.S. history, Google agreed to pay $500 million to settle a dispute with the Justice Department Wednesday for displaying ads for Canadian companies that sell illegal pharmaceuticals in the U.S.

Memo to Google: Don't be evil.

Posted by Vanderleun at August 25, 2011 5:15 PM. This is an entry on the sideblog of American Digest: Check it out.

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Today our government made $500m from illegal drugs sales.

If they could do that everyday our deficit would be about the same.

Posted by: KTWO at August 25, 2011 6:33 PM

"Illegal" pharmaceuticals? WTF is that? Euphemisms disquise bad actors and bad acts. Uncle Sam was being cut out of the racket he underwrites.

Posted by: james wilson at August 25, 2011 11:09 PM

And what did Google make off those ads...???

Posted by: tim at August 26, 2011 5:53 AM

Next move, Google reorganizes in Costa Rica and starts advertising those same drugs to seniors again.

Brown plain wrappers and shipped from Mexican warehouses to Kansas City up the GWB Memorial Trucker Highway.

The PO will deliver them since they're broke.

Posted by: Peccable at August 26, 2011 10:03 AM

One might well ask why the Canadian ads ever worked in the first place. Could it be, maybe, that the same drugs - made and packaged in the same factories - are a small fraction of the price in Canada as opposed to the USA?

I'm told that people living near the Canadian border routinely go to Canada from the US to buy the drugs they need. This is absolutely nothing to do with the safety of the consumers at all - it's to do with the safety of the profits of Big Pharma. That industry is just about as good at "being evil" as is the banking "industry".

Posted by: Fletcher Christian at August 27, 2011 5:24 AM

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