Office of the Attorney General
Attorney General Stumbo Announces Seizure of Illegal Internet Weight Loss Drugs from Lexington Area Hub

Press Release Date:  Wednesday, May 09, 2007  
Contact Information:  Vicki Glass, 502-696-5643 Office  


Attorney General Greg Stumbo today announced that agents of the Kentucky Bureau of Investigation (KBI) have seized drug shipments from a shipping hub in the Lexington area. The packages were shipped to Kentucky residents from an unlicensed pharmacy in Miami, Florida.

The KBI seized 3,279 phentermine pills, contained in 47 separate packages, with an estimated street value of more than $10,550. The drugs seized were destined for Fayette, Scott, Woodford, Harlan, Laurel, Clark, Pulaski, Franklin, Casey, Montgomery, Knox, Russell, Madison, Anderson, Boyle, Bourbon, Letcher, Bath, Clay, Scott and Perry Counties in Kentucky.

"The pill bottles themselves are suspicious," said Attorney General Stumbo. "They do not have the name, address, phone number or DEA number of the pharmacy, nor do they have the name of the prescribing physician, as required by both state and federal law. They basically contain only the customer and prescription name on the bottle."

To date, KBI has seized more than $1.5 million in illegal Internet pharmaceuticals.

Phentermine is a central nervous system stimulant that also acts as an appetite suppressant. The drug is similar to amphetamine and causes elevated blood pressure, a faster heart rate and can have dangerous side effects when taken without doctor supervision. It is medically prescribed to treat obesity in people with risk factors such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol or diabetes (Source: Drugs.com)

"This is exactly the kind of drug shipment our laws are designed to combat," said Attorney General Stumbo. "Already, many illegal pharmacies refuse to ship to Kentucky so our enforcement efforts are having a positive result."

Under Kentucky’s Internet Pharmacy Law, drug sellers must obtain a permit from the Board of Pharmacy. A toll-free number where patients can consult with a qualified pharmacist must be maintained. Pharmacies must also comply with the KASPER monitoring system and display certification that it is a "Verified Internet Pharmacy Practice Site."

KBI agents are working in cooperation with Kentucky State Police, the Drug Enforcement Administration, United States Attorney’s Office, Kentucky National Guard, Kentucky Board of Pharmacy, Florida Office of the Attorney General and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement in their efforts to crack down on rogue Internet Pharmacies shipping drugs into Kentucky.