Today we asked
the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform and any other
appropriate government agencies to investigate possible violations of
government ethics laws by John Horton, president and founder of
LegitScript.com, while he was Associate Deputy Director of the Office of
National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) and after leaving his government
Our request was sent to Committee Chairman Edolphus Towns and Ranking Member Darrell Issa.
Mr. Horton appears to have misused and abused his government position for private gain by starting, while in office, an online pharmacy verification service, LegitScript.com, and given unfair market advantage to his business. More importantly, his actions appear to have violated the will of Congress, misled the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, and instigated and/or encouraged government actions by ONDCP and other government agencies adverse to the interests of Americans, specifically hindering access by Americans to safe and affordable medication.
As further described in our letter, we believe that, to serve his
private interests and those of prospective pharmaceutical and pharmacy
clients, Mr. Horton appears to have subverted the activities of ONDCP by
ignoring the congressional request found in Section 1107 of the Office
of National Drug Control Policy Reauthorization Act of 2006 to develop
strategies to stop the online advertising of controlled substances without a prescription. Instead, Mr. Horton developed strategic policies for blocking the online advertising of all prescription medication from licensed Canadian and other non-US pharmacies that do require a prescription. Such pharmacies have been a lifeline to affordable medication for millions of Americans.