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2013 Incidents

San Diego Pharmacist Pleads Guilty in Misbranded Cancer Drug Case

Alvarado Medical Pharmacy owner and pharmacist, William Burdine, pleaded guilty December 4th, 2013 to health care fraud in charges pertaining to his purchase and sale of illegally imported cancer medications from a known supplier of counterfeit cancer medication, Quality Specialty Products (QSP). QSP based in Winnepeg, Canada, was previously identified as one of the foreign…


Dr. David Fishman of Ohio Sentenced to Probation in Misbranded Cancer Drug Case

Dr. David Fishman of Euclid, Ohio has been sentenced to probation for his conviction on chargers he illegally imported non-FDA approved cancer medication. Six other Ohio oncologists have been charged in the case. The doctors were charged with a misdemeanor violation of the Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act, the purchasing of misbranded or counterfeit drugs.…


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…


7 Ohio Oncologists Charged with Illegally Importing Non-FDA approved Cancer Medication

View larger map Seven Ohio oncologists have been charged with illegally importing non-FDA approved cancer medication. The doctors were charged with a misdemeanor violation of the Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act, the purchasing of misbranded or counterfeit drugs. The accused doctors are: Ranjan Bhandari, Timmappa Bidari, David Fishman, Su-Chiao Kuo, Marwan Massouh, Poornanand Palaparty, and…


Kentucky OBGYN Sentenced to Probation For Purchasing Counterfeit IUDs

View larger map A Kentucky obstetrician/gynecologist, Dr. James Buck, has been sentenced to one year of probation and required to pay over $18,000 in fines after he pled guilty (Download James Buck Plea Agreement) to one misdemeanor count of drug misbranding. Dr. Buck was accused of purchasing unapproved foreign “Mirena” IUDs via a so-called Canadian…


Utah Businessman Sentenced to Year in Prison For Importation of Non-FDA Approved Medicines

On July 31, 2013, Michael Lawrence O’Donnell of Pleasant Grove, Utah, was sentenced to a year in federal prison for operating a series of unlicensed wholesale businesses that sold non-FDA approved prescription drugs to health care providers. O’Donnell imported prescription drugs (including Botox, Zometa, Gemzar, and Aranesp) from the United Kingdom-based company GHRX. He then…


British Owner of Fake Cancer Drug Distributor Sentenced in Federal Court

On July 11 2013 in Saint Louis, Richard J. Taylor of the United Kingdom was sentenced to 18 months in prison and required to forfeit close for $4 million in fines and penalties for his role in introducing counterfeit cancer medication into the secure U.S. drug supply chain. Taylor’s company, Richards Pharma had been found…


Tennessee Cancer Doctor Sentenced to 2 Years in Counterfeit Cancer Drug Case

View larger map On June 10, 2013, Dr. William Kincaid of Johnson City, Tennessee was sentenced to two years in prison for his role in purchasing misbranded and possibly counterfeit cancer drugs. Kincaid was a physician and managing partner for McLeod Cancer and Blood Center of Johnson City, Tennessee. The clinic was set up to…


French Customs Seizes 1.2 Million Doses of Counterfeit Aspirin

View larger map On May 25, 2013, France’s Ministry of Economy announced the largest seizure of counterfeit medication ever made by France and the European Union. French customs agents in Le Havre discovered 1.2 million doses of counterfeit aspirin hidden in a shipment of tea originating from China. The goods in the shipment were destined…

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