Counterfeit Drug Incident Encyclopedia

California Mom Works to Warn Americans About Deadly Counterfeit Pills

This week the ABC News program 20/20 aired a story about counterfeit pills made with fentanyl. After highlighting Prince’s death from those pills, the reporters also interviewed Carrie Luther about her son Tosh Ackerman’s tragic accidental death from a piece of a Xanax made with fentanyl instead of the proper ingredients.

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Florida woman sentenced to 11 years after killing and sickening victims with illegal silicone injections

Deanna Roberts, 47, of Sanford, Florida, was sentenced to 11 years and three months in federal prison after pleading guilty to “illegally injecting persons with liquid silicone and for introducing liquid silicone that was obtained by fraud into interstate commerce.” Between April 2004 and December 2015, Roberts injected illegally obtained silicone into the hips, buttocks, and…

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Fake Xanax Manufacturer Sentenced to Prison in California Case

28 year old Oakland resident David Beckford has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for his role in producing and selling counterfeit Xanax pills. Beckford and his co-conspirators imported bulk medication and pill presses from China and other countries that they then turned into real-looking Xanax pills. Authorities found that he intended to put…

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Two Louisiana Residents Sentenced in Fake Online Pharmacy Case

Troy Tapia and Anthony Rouse III of Louisiana have each been sentenced to three years in prison for acting as drop-shippers for a Thailand-based fake online pharmacy operation. Each man pleaded guilty in federal court to charges of fraud conspiracy, wire fraud, mail fraud and money laundering. Rouse and Tapia fulfilled U.S. orders from Thai…

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LifeLogic Pharmaceuticals Owner Pleads Guilty in Misbranded Drugs Case

A Cranston, Rhode Island businessman, Arif Diwan, has pleaded guilty to charges that he and his company, Lifescreen LLC sold pharmaceuticals purchased from India and other countries as FDA-approved medication. Diwan purchased the drugs abroad, then repackaged and forged labels for them in Rhode Island. He sold the drugs with as having been produced by…

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Owner of Counterfeit Drug Importer Medical Device King Sentenced to 5 Years in Jail

Update: On December 13, 2017, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit vacated William Scully’s conviction because a lower court “declined to allow Scully to introduce evidence at his 2015 trial showing he sought legal advice about importing drugs with foreign labels from one of his lawyers.” Ultimately Scully pleaded guilty to one charge of…

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Florida Police Arrest Fake Doctor Whose Fake Beauty Injections Killed Miami Woman

After three years of evading arrest, Jose Robusto has been booked by Miami authorities for manslaughter and charges that he practiced medicine without a license. Robusto is alleged to have killed Suyima Torres of Miami in June 2013 by giving her an injection of an unknown, oily yellow substance as a beauty enhancement. He introduced…

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Lodi oncologist and Wife Pay $300,000 to Settle False Claims Act Charges Pertaining to Fake Cancer Drug Purchases

Dr. John F. Kiraly and Rena Kiraly (Kiraly’s wife and office manager) agreed to a $300,000 settlement to settle allegations that they improperly billed Medicare for certain chemotherapy drugs purchased from unlicensed foreign pharmaceutical distributor, Richards Pharma. Who: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General, the FDA’s Office of Criminal Investigations,…

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