Three Pleading Guilty

14 11 2014

I found an article titled “Three Facing Prison for Trafficking in Fake Drugs and Steroids” by Paula McMahon as I was searching for some interesting articles dealing with counterfeits.

Xanax pill (picture found on Palmbeachpost.com)

Court records show that three men in Florida are pleading guilty to conspiracy to traffic in counterfeit drugs.

Frank Fiore, of Parkland was the latest to reach a plea agreement. He was arrested with Gary Lee Jones, 55, of Boca Raton, and Anthony Carbone, 32, of Deerfield Beach in August this year.

Fiore pleaded guilty to the trafficking in counterfeit drugs conspiracy charge and a second charge of distribution of controlled substances that included counterfeit anti-anxiety drugs and steroids.

Jones pleaded guilty to the trafficking charge,admitting he sold thousands of counterfeit Xanax pills, with an estimated value of between $10,000 and $30,000, to undercover agents. He is also the same man who has a connection to the investigation that led to disgraced baseball celebrity Alex Rodriguez’s year-long suspension from the game.

Carbone pleaded guilty to the counterfeit drugs trafficking conspiracy and also admitted distributing controlled substances that included counterfeit Xanax and steroids.

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Overdose on Fake OxyContin in Saskatoon

24 09 2014

I cannot believe it has been since May that I have posted! I apologize. I was busy finishing my EMT certification, which I finished and I am now certified! My husband was finishing up weapons qualifications and carrier qualifications so he can finish pilot training for the Navy. He will be winging next month! So as I was searching for some news with counterfeits, there doesn’t really seem to be much “new” news. I did find an interesting one dealing with overdoses.

In a city in Canada named Saskatoon potentially police are saying that a deadly synthetic drug being sold as OxyContin 80 is making its rounds in the city. Two men, in their 20s, have died in what appears to be because of taking these pills. They died a day a part. “Instead of OxyContin, the pills may contain other unknown deadly ingredients,” police said in a statement on the case. They also believe that the pills were not manufactured in the city, but where they came from is still unknown.

The pills were described as round convex in shape, blue/green in color with the number 80 stamped on one side and the letters CDN on the other. Genuine OxyContin is the brand name of a powerful pain killer known as Oxycodone. It is an opioid, a synthetic preparation, that can lead to abuse and addiction.

Jamieson’s funeral will be held at Windsor Chapel at 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday. Smith’s funeral is scheduled for Friday at 6 p.m. at the Royal Canadian Legion, 606 Spadina Crescent West. Friends are hosting a steak night on Sept. 29 at Dino’s Bar and Grill on Central Avenue. The event is open to the public. Tickets are $20 with proceeds going to family.





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.





Dr. Oz Talks Counterfeits On His Show

4 04 2014

It has been since the end of January that I have written a post on here! I’ve been super busy. I started EMT training and that takes a lot of my time. I finally have a few minutes and I searched for some news articles and found one that I thought was pretty interesting. Two days ago, Dr. OZ talked about how to avoid counterfeit drugs on his show! It was very informative. I highly suggest you watch it.

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Dr. Oz said counterfeit drugs have flooded the U.S. market, so you could be taking fake “impostor” pills made from dirty factories. Most of these drugs can contain deadly or just plain “everyday” ingredients like chalk, talcum powder, car paint, floor wax, rat droppings, etc. On the show, his guests were Elizabeth Jungman, who is the director of drug safety at the Pew Charitable Trusts, and economist Dr. Roger Bate, an expert on drug quality.

“What is most alarming is that they look almost identical to their counterfeit parts” – Dr. Oz.

“Primarily over the internet, is where you find fake drugs.” – Roger Bate

“counterfeiters are targeting consumers largely online. A recent study found that out o f 1,000 pharmacies about 97% of them were problematic. 88% of those weren’t even asking for a prescription.” – Elizabeth Jungman

To watch the show, click HERE or watch it on YOUTUBE (pt. 1) and YOUTUBE (pt. 2)!

To avoid counterfeits:

  • Purchase only from online pharmacies that are VIPPS approved and use pharmacychecker.com. Do not believe the seal you see on a website
  • Don’t answer spam emails!
  • Avoid online pharmacies that don’t require a prescription and price too good to be true.
  • Don’t buy drugs from online pharmacies that you cannot reach by phone. They don’t answer normally and that’s the first sign.




Police Raid in Bandung

28 01 2014

Note: It has been almost a month since my last post. I apologize. I recently started EMT training and have been extremely busy studying and preparing for my tests. I really want to know and learn rather than cram and regurgitate everything on a test and forget. So I’ll be focusing on that more than I will be focusing on my blogs.

Bandung is the capital of West Java province in Indonesia, the country’s third largest city by population, and second largest metropolitan area in Indonesia. Recently, the Bandung City Police raided a factory that was allegedly producing counterfeit meds, in Dian Permai residential complex, Babakan Ciparay, Bandung. The owner, Budi Hartono, of the factory and eight employees (under 18 years old) have been arrested. The owner is charged with Article 197 of the Law on health, it carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison. West Java Police chief Insp. Gen. Mochamad Iriawan  said The owner will also be charged with the Law on child protection for hiring underage workers.





Check Yourself

2 01 2014

As I am looking for articles on counterfeits, I keep finding news articles about how they are on the rise. Last year, we saw the fake Avastin (cancer drug) come in to the USA. We were warned by the FDA on other medications. Most of these stem from purchasing drugs online. Before purchasing online check yourself. If it’s too good to be true, 99.9% of the time it is. If the web page is verified, don’t buy from it. Your health and livelihood are not good to gamble with.

The most recent counterfeit drug articles are headlined with:

Be careful this year when purchasing drugs. Be aware and share this information to anyone and everyone you know. It is estimated $75 billion worth of counterfeit drugs were unknowingly purchased last year. One article that I liked talked about how counterfeit drugs are one of the top concerns in 2014. This is according to PricewaterhouseCoopers’ Health Research Institute that recently issued a report listing 10 issues that will reshape the healthcare industry next year, including several health IT issues. I hope this will come to fruition and counterfeits will dwindle year by year.





A Very Real Threat

8 12 2013

“People don’t die from carrying a handbag or wearing a fake t-shirt. They can die from taking counterfeit medication.” – Howard Zucker.