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Medical Device King Exec Takes a Plea Deal Instead of a Retrial; Gets 32 Months in Prison

July 17, 2019

New York-based Pharmalogical, Inc. (d/b/a Medical Device King and Taranis Medical Corp.) grossed $17 million by misleading U.S. medical practices into believing they were buying FDA-approved products rather than “unapproved products imported through a series of unidentified middlemen in Turkey and elsewhere.” President William Scully, was convicted of these activities in 2015, but the conviction was vacated in 2017. In 2018, he pleaded guilty, and was sentenced to 32 months in prison.

Florida State Senator Compares Supporting Drug Importation to Believing in the Tooth Fairy

July 17, 2019

This editorial by Perry Thurston Jr. was published in Florida Politics on July 16, 2019. In it, State Senator Thurston explains that state-implemented drug importation will not bring any medication cost savings to Floridians.

New Analysis by HDA Finds Importation Proposals Are Too Expensive and Pose Health Risks to Patients

July 16, 2019

A report just released the HDA Research Foundation demonstrates that federal importation proposals to allow drug importation are devoid of practical implementation guidance and funding, so will fail to guarantee federal safety and quality standards for prescription medication.

Counterfeit Adderall Dealers Arrested After Being Traced to their Account

July 15, 2019

A pair of fake Adderall dealers who sold their counterfeits on the web has been arrested as a result of their account, Quartz reports. The duo allegedly sold almost $9 million worth of counterfeit Adderall by the time Tzu Yang “Issac” Lin and Meng Ting “Leo” Hu were arrested.

Lincoln, Nebraska Man Convicted, “Fentanyl Pills” Entered in Evidence

July 13, 2019

The U. S. Department of Justice (DOJ) is reporting that Sabas Rodriguez-Cisneros has been convicted of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and other charges in a drug conspiracy that started in October 2016. According to the DOJ, U.S. Customs and Border Patrol intercepted a package for Rodriguez-Cisneros that was being shipped to his girlfriend contained 400…

Counterfeit Pill Drug Ring In San Antonio Sold Over 800,000 Fake Pills In Two Years

July 12, 2019

Recent news out of Texas gave updates on the cases against three men who were part of a major counterfeit pill ring busted in San Antonio in 2017. The ringleader entered a guilty plea and faces up to 30 years in prison, a supplier received a 21-year sentence, and a distributor waits to see what his future holds…

New Jersey Legislature Works to Increase Penalties for Drug Counterfeiters

July 11, 2019

In June, the New Jersey Assembly passed A-5037, a bill that increases penalties for those who create, distribute or administer counterfeit, adulterated or misbranded medical drugs and devices. The legislation, which has been sent to the New Jersey Senate’s Budget and Appropriations Committee, would make the sale of more than 100 units of fake medicine punishable by a sentence of five to ten years, a fine of up to $150,000, or both.

Drug Distribution Experts Warn That State Plans To Import Foreign Drugs Will Undermine Safety

July 11, 2019

This editorial by Adam Fein and Dirk Rodgers was published in Stat News on July 11, 2019. In it, Fein and Rodgers warn that plans by states to create drug importation programs will open new pathways for counterfeit drugs to enter the U.S. drug supply chain…

June Was a Dangerous Month in Arizona as Over 130,000 Fake Pills Made with Fentanyl Seized Throughout State

July 10, 2019

A series of eight different busts in Arizona this month has yielded approximately 132,000 counterfeit pills made with fentanyl, with seizures happening all across the Grand Canyon state.

Kentucky State Legislator Warns That Counterfeit Fentanyl Pills Are Killing Americans

July 2, 2019

This editorial by Kentucky State Representative Sal Santoro was published in Kentucky Today on June 27, 2019. In it, Santoro highlights the dangers of fentanyl to law enforcement officers as well as the fact that counterfeit pills made with the dangerous synthetic opioid are killing Americans across the country…