LA City Attorney Files Charges in 2 Different Counterfeit/Misbranded Prescription Drug Cases

On August 21, LA City Attorney Mike Feuer announced two separate cases had resulted in charges. In the first, criminal charges have been filed against eight people for allegedly importing more than 100,000 units of non-FDA approved pharmaceuticals, and selling them in the local area on the street in front of local businesses. In a second case, Feuer’s office seized a website offering illegal, misbranded, and counterfeit medications for sale online.

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San Diego is in the Midst of a Deadly Counterfeit Pill Crisis, with 50 Confirmed Deaths Thus Far

U.S. Attorney Robert Brewer has issued a public safety warning concerning deadly counterfeit oxycodone pills in San Diego County. NBC San Diego reports, “The U.S. Attorney’s Office said border seizures, prosecutions and overdoses in San Diego County are on pace to reach all-time highs by the end of 2019. The Medical Examiner’s Office reports 50 confirmed fentanyl-related fatal overdoses so far this year, and says 28 more suspected cases are waiting to be confirmed.”

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Fake Fentanyl Pills Sold By Social Media Influencer Contributed To Woman’s Death

Police arrested a social media influencer in southern California who allegedly sold the counterfeit oxycodone pills containing fentanyl that contributed to the July 2018 death of a woman in Ramona. Information led police to arrest Michael Steen and charge him with transportation of a controlled narcotic and possession of narcotics for sale…

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