A San Diego Pharmacist, Maher Idriss, owner of Oberlin Medical Supply, has pleaded guilty to playing an integral part in a complex counterfeit cancer drug scheme that bought cancer medications in bulk form from Turkey, India, and Pakistan. The misbranded oncology drugs were then repackaged and sold as genuine, FDA-approved medications. Idriss repackaged the drugs into individual doses at his facility in San Diego. His co-conspirator, Martin Paul Bean, III, was sentenced to two years in prison for running an unlicensed wholesale online pharmacy called GlobalRxStore. Bean used fax-blast advertising to offer the drugs for sale at low prices to medical practices all over the United States.
Who: Food and Drug Administration-Office of Criminal Investigations (FDA-OCI), Department of Homeland Security-Immigration and Customs Enforcement (HIS-ICE), Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), U.S. Postal Inspection Service.
When: March 8, 2012: May 1, 2006-May 5, 2011
Where: San Diego, California
How: MHRA advised FDA that they had intercepted a bulk shipment of an unapproved form of Gemzar, sent from a company in Pakistan to Oberlin Medical Supply in San Diego.
Additional details: After a visit from Federal agents in 2011, Idriss refused to process further orders and advised Bean that what they were doing was illegal.
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