Chicago Pharmacist Charged with Substituting Chinese Counterfeits for Genuine Medication

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Michael Markiewicz, a Chicago area pharmacist, was indicted in Federal court April 18th 2013 on charges that instead of filling prescriptions with genuine ED medication, he purchased Chinese-made counterfeits and substituted them for the real drugs. Markiewicz was charged with eight counts of violating the federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act; four counts of trafficking in counterfeit drugs or goods using a counterfeit mark; and three counts of smuggling.

Who: Illinois Department of Professional Regulation, FDA-OCI, U.S. Postal Inspection Service.

When: April 18, 2013; December 2010 2011-August 2012.

Where: Chicago, Illinois

How: Investigation and suspension of Markiewicz’s pharmacists license by Illinois Department of Professional Regulation.

Additional details: According to the indictment, the counterfeit medication Markiewicz ordered came shipped from China marked as a “gift pen” on the customs declaration. The fake drugs were hidden in small plastic bags underneath the pen.

Related sources:

Grand Jury Indictment (PDF),” United State District Court Northern District. April 18, 2013.

Suspended North Side Pharmacist Indicted For Allegedly Smuggling And Trafficking Counterfeit Viagra,” Press Release Department of Justice. April 18, 2013.

Pharmacist charged with selling counterfeit Viagra,” Chicago Sun-Times. April 18, 2013.

Chicago pharmacist charged with peddling fake drug,”KFVS CBS Affiliate, Chicago. April 18, 2013.

Chicago pharmacist charged with giving counterfeit Viagra, Cialis,”ABC News Local. April 19, 2013.