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Florida Man Sent to Prison for 2 Years for Selling Unapproved Imported Cancer Medication

A Florida resident, Martin Paul Bean III has been sentenced to 2 years in prison in a complex counterfeit cancer drug scheme that purchased bulk cancer medications from Pakistan, India, and Turkey. The misbranded oncology drugs were then repackaged and sold as genuine, FDA-approved medications to medical practices throughout the United States. Repackaging work was done at a medical wholesaler in California called Oberlin Medical Supply. Its owner, pharmacist Maher Idriss, has also pled guilty in this case. Bean used fax-blast advertising to offer the drugs for sale at low prices, and used a call center operated by his now deceased fiancée in Winnipeg, Canada to handle all customer inquiries and financial transactions.

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: October 18, 2013: February 24, 2005-October 30, 2011

Where: Boca Raton, Florida

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: Bean used the company names Oberlin Medical Supply, and GlobalRXStore.com to help disguise the foreign source of the medication.

Related sources:

Internet Pharmacy Operator Sentenced to 2 Years in Prison,” North Iowa Today. September 14, 2013.

Internet Pharmacy Operator Sentenced to 2 Years in Prison,” FBI Press Release. September 12, 2013.

FLORIDA BUSINESSMAN INDICTED FOR SELLING MILLIONS OF DOLLARS OF UNAPPROVED FOREIGN ONCOLOGY DRUGS IN UNITED STATES ,” Justice Department Press Release. September 28, 2012.

” Feds Say Boca Raton Man Sold $7 million in unapproved cancer drugs ,” Palm Beach Post. September 25, 2012.

Seller of Unapproved Cancer Drugs Pleads Guilty,” UT San Diego. February 5, 2013.

Man Sentenced for Selling Non-FDA-approved Cancer Drugs,” UPI. October 18, 2013.

Florida Man Pleads Guilty to Selling Unapproved Cancer Drugs,” FBI Press Release. February 6, 2013.

Martin Paul Bean III Indictment,” United States District Court of Southern California. September 12, 2013.

 Download Maher Idriss Indictment,” United States District Court of Southern California. May 8, 2012.

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