CA Home and Business Raid

3 07 2016

sohel-parvez-haque-shutterstock-comOfficials from US Homeland Security Investigations have seized a plethora of boxes of counterfeit drugs and clothing in California.

Last Tuesday during the execution of seven search warrants in the Sacramento area, which was carried out by more than 50 special agents follows a months’ long probe into the suspected sale of illegal foreign prescription medications, over-the-counter pharmaceuticals, and counterfeit clothing by an area couple and their adult son. Inside their home and places of business (Fashion Moda in North Highlands, Victoria’s Health Products in Citrus Heights, and Elena’s Health Products in West Sacramento), investigators found and confiscated foreign pharmaceuticals, clothing, and more than $10,000 in cash.

“The trafficking of counterfeit goods poses a triple threat,” said Ryan Spradlin, the special agent in charge who oversees HSI operations throughout northern California. “Such activities deliver shoddy and often dangerous goods into the economy, rob Americans of good-paying jobs, and generate proceeds that are often funneled back into other criminal enterprises. HSI will continue to work with its enforcement partners to combat the distribution of counterfeit products, like those seized in Sacramento yesterday, that could put unwitting consumers at risk.”

 





Police Stop Woman on Street Selling Counterfeits

7 12 2015

150515_2020_2_1014_16x9_992I was looking at counterfeit drug videos today and found one from ABC news posted this past summer about a women on the street allegedly selling counterfeit prescription drugs in LA.

Please click HERE to watch the short video.

She says she wasn’t selling any and then they even ask her if she is worried about her customers taking these and she flat out says, “no” while shaking her head. He continued to ask her, “are you worried about the medicine?” She was then silent. Investigators say she’s likely part of something much larger. They believe foreign counterfeiters are supplying her. Then the reporter asks, “how much money do you make in a week?” She said about $800 or $600 a week. The policeman then says that it’s a lie. To which he says, she easily makes $1,000 in a week.

People are saying they are having reactions to the drugs she gave them and they think it’s safe because it has the company’s info on it and the woman is older – they trust her. So they believe it’s from that company and it’s safe. You need to be careful with what you buy and where you buy it from! Be smart.

Here is a transcript from the video clip if you’d like to read it, I copied it from ABC…

Transcript for To Catch a Fake: Find Out the Dangers of Counterfeit Merchandise
Next tonight our yearlong investigation more than a trillion dollar industry counterfeit goods you might not know even half we certainly did. We’ve got access to the secret warehouses all over this country just like the one you see here behind me seizing counterfeit goods prescriptions that can easily end up in your medicine cabinet. Tonight a first look here one family and the air bags in their car they had no idea it was counterfeit. Tonight investigators will reveal too was to counterfeit goods in every corner of our home. What to look for in your Smartphone the bike helmets to toothpaste with antifreeze. And the make up what’s really inside and this suburban family stunned by their air bag and our test. Tied it with a Larson’s for full from California and Bob this is my way examined the Larson’s reaching out to lust. Standing in front of their used car they bought it knowing they needed to replace the air bag. But what they didn’t know was at the air bag they bought online. Was from this guy thing the man who owned this home and Indian trail North Carolina. Who tonight is behind bars the man accused of selling fake car parts look at what investigators say they found in Igor boarding home. More than 15100 fake airbags. 60000 dollars in cash hidden in the walls. Authorities say he sold one point seven million dollars were on eBay calling himself airbag pros labeled a top rated seller. We felt later the guy who had told us some drivers. But air bags had social bum bags we offered a total lotions car to an authorized dealer to have their airbag replaced with a authorized Honda replacement. And we were about to testy airbags they’ve been riding around with first set off a real airbags. And now these air bag that was in the Larson’s car to war and and Sean Armstrong shrapnel news had a fist full plastic. We have a piece of the airbag cover over here. Probably about forty feet from the actual explosion on the air. Do you imagine this being in the driver’s. Face of a car. That’s just one moment in this hour tonight the investigation breaks just hours from now in tonight to see what we found in the make up. The bike helmets the Smartphones and those storefronts that all say Canada drug so many Americans looking for cheaper medication. But did any of it come from Canada. And what was really inside the medicine when it arrived our special 20/20 to catch a fake that’s tonight at 10 PM eastern I’ll see right here a little later.




Erectile Dysfunction Drug Market Declining

22 10 2015

According to a news site called Globe Newswire and from a report by the Transparency Market Research, the global erectile dysfunction drugs market is anticipated to decline at a CAGR of -4.5% during the forecast period from 2013 to 2019. This market was valued at US$4.3 billion in 2012 but is, however, expected to reach an estimated value of US$3.4 billion in 2019.

In the Overview section of the report it states, “Factors such as the growing elderly population, increasing awareness and patient education, elevated inclination towards a sedentary lifestyle, and growing incidence of several genitourinary diseases are expected to drive the growth of the global erectile dysfunction drugs market. Nevertheless, factors such as growing threat from counterfeit drugs, prevalence of STDs in ED drug users, and diminishing insurance coverage for ED treatment will greatly hamper the growth of the market.”

Basically, the market for erectile dysfunction will be going downhill because of counterfeit medications, the rising rate of STDs, and the lack of coverage for the pills. I normally write more exclusive pieces on counterfeiting, but I thought this was interesting because of the way counterfeits are messing up with the drug market.

The top three erectile dysfunction drugs in the market are Cialis (tadalafil), Staxyn/Levitra (vardenafil), and Viagra (sildenafil citrate). Please click HERE to read more about the report. Transparency Market Research (TMR) is a global market intelligence company providing business information reports and services. The company’s exclusive blend of quantitative forecasting and trend analysis provides forward-looking insight for thousands of decision makers. TMR’s experienced team of analysts, researchers, and consultants use proprietary data sources and various tools and techniques to gather and analyze information.





Cancer Center in Southern Texas Pleads Guilty

30 04 2015

This is a little near and not-so-dear to my heart. My husband and I recently lived in Texas, close to Corpus Christi actually. I even drove to Corpus for physical therapy appointments and for mall shopping. My husband is in the Navy and we were stationed at NAS Kingsville. So when I saw this news article about Nueces county Cancer Center, I knew I had to read it and write a post on it!

The FDA received information from United Kingdom Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency that fake cancer medicines may have illegally been imported in the USA. So they investigated and found that the Cancer Center was one of several clinics in the USA that purchased mis-branded foreign drugs from the distributor that was importing the counterfeit drugs. This Corpus Christi-based South Texas Comprehensive Cancer Centers PLLC (STCCC) provided care and treatment for patients with cancer and blood diseases

Basically, Dr. Mohamad Ayman Ghraowi pleaded gulity on behalf of Corpus Christi-based South Texas Comprehensive Cancer Centers PLLC (STCCC) to a violation of the federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act (FDCA), announced U.S. Attorney Kenneth Magidson announced. The doctor pleaded guilty on behalf of the Corpus Christi based South Texas Comprehensive Cancer Centers. With his guilty plea, the corporation will have to surrender $900,000 (which was the cost of the fake drugs) and the corporation will be under probation the next five years.





Counterfeits Destroyed in Osun

27 02 2015

Burning counterfeits (photo credit from thenewsnigeria.com)

Yesterday, NAFDAC (National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control) reported they destroyed fake drugs worth N10 million (49370 USD) in Osun State located in the western part of the country in 2014.

“NAFDAC wants to ensure that drugs that will be made available to Nigerians won’t be injurious to their health. We are trying to implement our mandate,” stated NAFDAC State Coordinator, Mr Kayode Fagboyo.





Bar Owner Sentenced to Prison

17 02 2015

In West Palm Beach, FL,  the owner (Frank Fiore) of Havana Nights Cigar Bar and Lounge was sentenced to prison a couple weeks ago. U.S. District Judge Kenneth Marra sentenced him to two years and eight months in prison for conspiring to traffic counterfeit drugs and illegally distributing steroids.

Cocaine, Xanax, Viagra, Cialis, Deca Durabolin, testosterone propionate and testosterone ethanate were some of the drugs linked to the cigar bar, undercover federal agents working on the Biogenesis doping investigation reported. The money was on the counterfeits.

Read original article HERE.





Russian Bill Toughening Criminal Liability

2 12 2014

Picture from Securing Industry article by Phil Taylor

A bill introduced to the State Duma, which is in theRussian Federation is the lower house of the Federal Assembly of Russia (legislature), the upper house being the Federation Council of Russia, is asking for toughening criminal liability for the production, manufacture, storage, transportation and sale of counterfeit drugs and medical devices.

The author of the initiative is Senator Anton Belyakov. It would increase the maximum jail term for individuals convicted of manufacturing, distributing or selling counterfeit drugs to a maximum of 10 years if use of the fakes results in the two or more fatalities. The fine that can be levied on those convicted would also be increased from 100,000 roubles (1841.66 USD) to 300,000 roubles (5524.99 USD) at the moment to between 500,000 and 1m roubles ($22,000).

According to the World Health Organization, the share of counterfeit drugs in Russia accounts to 12% of the total number of drugs. According to experts, the market for counterfeits in Russia is about 20 billion rubles.

According to the law drafter Russian legislation is not stringent enough towards counterfeit drugs producers and sellers. For example, counterfeit drug producers in Russia are accountable according to the article 238 of the Criminal Code that subjects to prosecution production, storage, transportation and dispose of goods inadequate to the security requirements. “This means that a counterfeit medicine destined to maintain health but in fact being immediately dangerous to life is equated to any other product produced with violation of technological process, for instance”, the senator explained. “Counterfeit producers can get away with a fine of 100 thousand rubles”, he added.

At the same time the accompanying documents to the bill show that in the USA trafficking of counterfeit drugs is punishable by a fine up to $200 million or life imprisonment, in Turkey by imprisonment from 30 to 50 years, in India by imprisonment for life, in Europe, the penalty for selling counterfeit drugs exceeds 300 thousand euros and a term of up to 10 years’ imprisonment.

To solve this problem, the bill proposes to amend the article 238.1 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation, toughening criminal liability for the production, manufacture, storage, transportation and sale of counterfeit drugs and medical devices.

Please click HERE (TASS: Russian News Agency) and HERE (Securing Industry) for more information. I did copy and past some of their articles into this one.








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