Judge Issues Restraining Order Against Rx Depot - Customers Don't Seem To Mind

Thursday, June 5th 2003, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

Legal action might cut off Tulsa's access to cheaper Canadian prescription drugs.

An Oklahoma judge issued a temporary injuction against Rx Depot that goes into effect at the end of August.

Rx Depot's owner says he plans to fight it.

The temporary restraining order says Rx Depot violates the Oklahoma Pharmacy Act, by filling prescriptions without a license. But this legal wrangling hasn't hurt business. New customers are still coming in.

Carl Moore, the owner of Rx Depot says they don't need a license because they're not a pharmacy.

Carl Moore, Rx Depot Owner: "The drugs are purchased and dispensed in Canada. Thats what takes us out of the regulation requirement in that we're simply a conveyor of information."

Moore vows to fight the legal battle. In the meantime, he's taking his crusade across state lines.

The small store has grown into an operation with more than 40 stores in 13 states.

The Food and Drug Administration’s stance is that the law prohibits importing drugs from outside the US, however; the law does permit up to a 90-day supply of foreign prescription drugs for personal use.