Federal Investigators Target Two NC Internet Pharmacies

Two North Carolina-based Internet pharmacies are under investigation for distributing controlled substances.

That's according to a federal indictment unsealed last week.

Prosecutors say 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. The Drug enforcement Administration says United Care distributed several types of drugs, including erectile dysfunction drug Viagra, painkiller Vicodin and anti-anxiety drug Xanax.

Four people have been charged in what the DEA says is a "rogue Internet pharmacy."

Jay Campbell, executive director of the North Carolina Board of Pharmacy, describes operations such as United Care as a "significant threat to the public health and safety."