Archive for December 2012

Csupor D, Boros K, Dankó B, Veres K, Szendrei K, Hohmann J. Rapid identification of sibutramine in dietary supplements using a stepwise approach. Pharmazie. 2013 Jan;68(1):15-8.

Abstract Adulteration of botanical food supplements with undeclared synthetic drugs is a common problem. One of the most affected product groups are the slimming agents. There are no analytical protocols for the detection of synthetic adulterants from these products. The present study aimed at the development of a multistep analytical method for the quick and…


The Year in Review – Part 1 – Fake Medications in Doctors’ Offices

Fake Medications in Medical Offices 

In the past two years, fake doctors were convicted of vitally
endangering the lives of patients who submitted to counterfeit treatments. Patients can keep themselves safe from fake doctors by checking the validity of their physician’s license with the state medical board.  But patients can’t use proof of a valid physician’s license to protect themselves when real doctors administer fake medications.  In the same time period, while two fake doctors were convicted of administering fake drugs to patients, three real doctors were convicted of the same crime.


Products Recalled Due to Undeclared Sildenafil Analogues

This is a reprint of an FDA Alert. Recall — Firm Press Release FDA posts press releases and other notices of recalls and market withdrawals from the firms involved as a service to consumers, the media, and other interested parties. FDA does not endorse either the product or the company. Recall – Performance Plus Marketing…


Florida Man Gets 10 Years For Complex Drug Diversion Scheme

Defendant pleaded guilty to purchasing diverted prescription drugs on the black market, then reselling them into legitimacy via Altec Inc.

William D. Rodriguez, of Miami Florida, was sentenced today to 120 months in prison for his role in a complicated drug diversion scam, reports the US Department of Justice. Rodriguez’ illicit business purchased prescription drugs from all manner of sources, such as cargo thefts and patients willing to sell their medication, then repackaged the drugs and created a drug “pedigree” for them before selling them back to consumers. He was also found guilty of money laundering, and was ordered to forfeit $55 million in profits.


Hottinger M, Liang BA*. Deficiencies of the FDA in Evaluating Generic Formulations: Addressing Narrow Therapeutic Index Drugs. Am J Law Med. 2012. Forthcoming. Available at SSRN:

Abstract: Generic drugs represent a significant portion of the medical arsenal in treating disease. As copies of originator drugs, these drugs have been permitted abbreviated approval under the Hatch-Waxman law. Yet with current drive toward lowering costs focusing upon generic formulation of drugs, potential safety issues have arisen. Although there is an established criterion of…


Operation Safe Medicine Finds Fake Medicine and Fake Doctor

Fake doctor who caused “infliction of great bodily injury” to patients with fake medicine was convicted in San Diego, after they filed complaints with the California Medical Board.

Federal Bureau of Investigation arrested Kathleen Ann Helms, also known as
Catherine Bright-Helms, age 57, of Encinitas, CA in August, 2012.  She was charged with practicing medicine
without a license, “which resulted in the infliction of great bodily injury and
grand theft,” announced the FBI.  


Rogues Gallery Cancer Cover

Learn more about criminals who’ve preyed on cancer patientswith fake medications in our series, Rogues Gallery.


Doctor Pleads Guilty in Misbranded Cancer Drug Case

Department of Justice convicts two in cases tying counterfeit cancer drugs
to Canadian pharmacy business.

November 15th, Dr. William Kincaid, of Johnson City, TN, was convicted for
knowingly purchasing non-FDA approved injectable cancer medications from
Quality Specialty Products (QSP). Dr. Kincaid accepted a plea deal with the
federal government in exchange for assisting them with their ongoing
investigation. Previously, Dr. Kincaid’s business manager, Michael Dean Combs
pled guilty in the same case on September 19th, reports
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