Two North Carolina-based Internet pharmacies are under investigation for distributing controlled substances, according to a federal indictment unsealed last week.
Wilmington-based United Care Pharmacy and a sister business, Kwik Fill in Fayetteville, distributed several controlled drugs without requiring customers to consult with a physician, according to the indictment. The Drug Enforcement Administration says United Care distributed several types of drugs, including the erectile dysfunction drug Viagra, painkiller Vicodin and anti-anxiety drug Xanax.
United Care required customers only to fill out an online questionnaire, ''which allegedly received little or no consideration by a physician before being approved,'' according to the indictment.
Four people have been charged in what the DEA described as a ''rogue Internet pharmacy.'' Wilmington residents Andrew Thomas Russo and Denis Leborgne, along with David John of Nashville and pharmacist John F. Tuite of Myrtle Beach, S.C., made their first court appearances last week.
Jay Campbell, executive director of the North Carolina Board of Pharmacy, described operations such as United Care as a ''significant threat to the public health and safety.''
''The board is pleased to see that federal law enforcement is seeking to hold United Care's operators criminally liable for their conduct,'' he said.