During its federal court arraignment On July 29, FedEx plead not guilty to an indictment charging the company with facilitating the distribution of controlled substances. The indictment, which was brought in a San Francisco Federal Court, charges the company with shipping opioids and other pharmaceuticals for Internet pharmacies, many of which did not require prescriptions before selling to customers. FedEx has previously said that it denies any allegations that it colluded with pharmacies or facilitated the shipment of drugs in any capacity and reached out to clarify several points, reaffirming that position.
In a statement sent to the InsideCounsel, FedEx makes clear its position on the issue. Patrick Fitzgerald, FedEx senior vice president Marketing and Communications, said, “FedEx does not tolerate the use of our networks for any illegal activity, and we have a long history of partnering with law enforcement throughout the country to stop unlawful use of our networks. These efforts include providing assistance to the DEA in combatting rogue Internet pharmacies. FedEx continues to ask that the government provide a list of pharmacies engaging in illegal activity, so that the company can immediately discontinue accepting their shipments."