The Impossibility Of Google Blocking All Pill Factories From Advertising
from the they-still-get-through dept
But the bigger issue is this idea that Google somehow has to magically block all pharmaceutical ads or face additional lawsuits. Already, it appears that Google is failing in this endeavor. John Nagle noticed some indications that ads for fake drugs were still getting through, and presented some evidence. In exploring the example he presented, I think he might have confused advertisements for (somewhat questionable, and probably useless) herbal supplements that are named like some prescription drugs, but that's not necessarily advertising fake pills. It's sketchy, but it's not clear that it completely violates the "no fake drugs" rule.
However, continuing to look through some similar examples suggests that other sellers of fake drugs are still very much advertising on Google. I'm not going to provide links here, but it didn't take long before I saw a series of Google AdSense ads, such as the following:
Furthermore, this seems to highlight the increased risk people are put at due to this effort by the Justice Department. The Canadian pharmacies that Google got in trouble for dealing with weren't selling fake pills. They were selling legitimate pills for re-importation into the US. On the other hand, it seems likely that what's left and getting through in the ads, such as the one in the screenshot above, is almost certainly fake... and potentially dangerous. Wouldn't people be better off getting ads from actual certified pharmacies, rather than from something like what you see above?