Archive for July 2014

Mississippi Attorney General Targets Google in Illicit Drug Ad Crackdown

Jim Hood, Attorney General for the state of Mississippi and head of the National Association of Attorneys General tells Bloomberg that he is stepping up demands from Google that they demonstrate their commitment to block fake online pharmacies. Bloomberg reports that Attorney General Jim Hood has demanded information from Google to determine if the company…

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“Foreign Trade Director” of Turkish Drug Wholesaler Pleads Guilty to Smuggling Counterfeit Cancer Drugs Into United States

A director of Ozay Pharmaceuticals, the Turkish drug distributor responsible for one of the infiltrations of counterfeit cancer medication into the secure U.S. drug supply chain, has pleaded guilty to charges related to the importation of counterfeit Avastin and other counterfeit cancer medications into the United States. Turkish national Ozkan Semizoglu pleaded guilty to charges…

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Illinois Counterfeit Drug Seller Sentenced to 3.5 Years in Prison

Fayez Al-Jabri of Chicago acted as a black market wholesaler, importing thousands of doses of fake pills from China for further distribution. A Chicago resident has been sentenced to 3.5 years in prison for his role in importing for sale over 26,000 doses of counterfeit ED medication into the United States, reports the Department of…

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FEDEX Indicted by Federal Grand Jury for Supplying Shipping Services to Fake Online Pharmacies

FedEx N101FEsby Drewski2112 via Flickr. A nine-year investigation has culminated in indictments of FedEx companies for conspiracies to traffic in controlled substances and misbranded prescription drugs associated with illegal Internet pharmacies. Although warned by Congress as early as 2004, the FEDEX Corporation allegedly continued to act as a delivery service for fake online pharmacies, and…

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Put in every story ahead of Interchange

What have we learned from counterfeit Avastin?  Hear Dr. Tim Mackey’s new research at the 2014 Interchange.   Early bird discounted registration is available until July 30! Click here to register today.

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Stem-Cell “Doctor” Made Famous By 60 Minutes Report Sentenced to 6 Year Prison Sentence in Fake Drugs Case

Lawrence Stowe and his co-conspirator Francisco Morales lured desperate patients with ALS and other neurological ailments to their clinic with promises of miracle cures. Instead unsuspecting patients were subjected to untested and bogus treatments that cost as much as $100,000 per patient. Lawrence Stowe, the so-called doctor referred to as a “21st Century snake oil…

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Ventura County Interagency Pharmaceutical Crimes Unit Busts Fake Drugs Ring Selling Pharmaceuticals Made of Shredded Plastic

Confiscated fake drugs. Image courtesy of Ventura County Sheriff's Department. A tip called in to the local “Crime Stoppers” line informed the Ventura County Interagency Pharmaceutical Crimes Unit (VCIPCU) that fake drugs imported from Mexico were being sold in a local store in Santa Paula. Subsequent investigations led the VCIPCU to make arrests of 20…

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In Memoriam: Professor Dora Akunyili

Professor Dora Akunyili. Image courtesy of doraakunyilionline.org. Dr. Akunyili spearheaded Nigeria’s National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) transformation into a modern food and drug enforcement agency, and was tireless in her fight against counterfeit medication in Nigeria. After a two-year battle with cancer, Nigeria’s Professor Dora Akunyili passed away on June…

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Medical Practices in 2 States Snared in Canada Drugs/Quality Specialty Products Black Market Cancer Drug Scam

A doctor in Texas sentenced to probation, and an oncology practice office manager in Kentucky has pleaded guilty to charges that they imported non-FDA approved cancer medication. Quality Specialty Products, the Canada Drugs-owned pharmaceutical wholesaler responsible for the importation of counterfeit Avastin, was implicated in both cases. In Laredo, Texas Dr. Eduardo Miranda was sentenced…

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