Two Charged with Selling Counterfeits

13 05 2014

It’s always scary to me to think that at any time we purchase pharmaceuticals that they could be fake. It isn’t as prevalent in the USA as it is in other countries, but it still happens. No doubt about that. I found an article about a horrifying story and I hope justice is served. Just recently two officials in charge of a New York pharmaceutical company,Great Neck-based Pharmalogical, Inc., were charged with selling more than $17 millions worth of counterfeit pharmaceuticals (cancer drugs and birth control).

The president and vice president, William Scully, 45, of Commack, and Shahrad Rodi Lameh, 40, of Manhasset, pleaded not guilty in U.S. District Court in Central Islip. Bond was set for each at $500,000.

“Instead of seeing an opportunity to alleviate suffering and cure disease, Scully and Lameh saw a chance to make money off the backs of those already fighting for their lives, selling counterfeit cancer medication to an unsuspecting clinic,” U.S. Attorney Loretta Lynch said in announcing the charges. According to the indictment, the alleged scheme took place from early 2009 to mid-2013. Some of the drugs, like intrauterine birth control implant devices, were improperly labeled. Others were foreign versions of drugs that weren’t approved to be used in the U.S. by the Food and Drug Administration.

If convicted, the men face up to 20 years in prison and forfeiture of their assets, as well as a $250,000 fine.




One response

12 01 2015
Jasneet Gulshan

How can we combat Anti-Counterfeiting?

My company, Recunnect Ltd are organising an event called ‘Anti-Counterfeiting Pharma 2015’ on 11th & 12th March 2015 at Marriott Hotel, Regents Park, London, UK.

It is a senior networking event which encourages you to learn about the current trends in anti-counterfeiting, brand protection and security packaging. Identifying the key strategies for combating anti-counterfeiting, online pharmaceutical crime, products and latest solutions.

‘Anti-Counterfeiting Pharmaceutical Conference’ will bring experts from cross-sector organisations together to share their knowledge and experience on the key issues and latest technological developments. The aim is to foster discussion on how to tackle counterfeiting and improve patient safety.

For more information, please visit our website- To get in touch with us please email us on or call +44 (0) 2071129183 / +44(0)7712128928. For registrations, please call us and quote the account code RES001 when making a booking. You can also follow our event on Facebook-
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