Russian Online Pharmacy Supplying Americans with Pain Pills Prescription-Free
Internal documents from ChronoPay, Russia’s largest processor of online payments, have shown that a Russian rogue pharmacy program called Rx-Promotion sold millions of controlled pills including Valium, Percocet, Tramadol and Oxycodone, in 2010 alone, mostly to Americans, without prescription requirements.
Reporter Brian Krebs interviewed Pavel Vrublevsky in February 2011, the founder of ChronoPay, and also received a compilation of the company’s internal documents that had been hacked from the company’s computers. Included in these documents were tens of thousands of emails and thousands of recorded phone calls and documents. Vrubkelvsky is also co-owner of Rx-Promotion.
Says Krebs, “Rx-Promotion’s claim to fame is that it is one of the few that sells controlled substances, such as addictive painkillers like Oxycontin, Oxycodone and Codeine over the Internet without requiring a prescription.”
Rx-Promotion is an affiliate network that pays individuals to promote Rx-Promotion and its products by “whatever means necessary (usually by hacking sites and through search engine manipulation),” reports Krebs. The company’s most recent promotional party for its affiliates was recently raided by the Russian police in order to place affiliate’s online identities to real faces and names. At the most recent party the top affiliate was to win a 1-kilogram bar of gold, with consolation prizes for others of iPads and iPhones.