Christopher Carstens, an Alton Illinois businessman, has been charged with nine counts in federal court related to his sales of counterfeit Botox and Juviderm through his company, Orthopaedic Soultions, Inc. It is alleged that Carstens distributed approximately 5,879 units of foreign versions of Botox and Juvederm via his sales representatives to doctors and health care professionals in the United States. The fake drugs were valued at approximately $3,058,183 on the retail market.
Who: United Kingdom’s U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Office of Criminal Investigation (FDA-OCI).
When: April 3, 2013, 2008-2011.
Where:Alton, Illinois. U.S.A.
Additional details: If found guilty, Carstens could face more than 20 years in prison, along with forfeiture of the $3 million on profits he made from his counterfeit drug venture.
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