Canadian pharmacy sold unapproved and counterfeit drugs online, US alleges

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packs of pillsThe Guardian.

US government prosecutors say the online store sold US$78m worth of fake, unapproved or mislabelled drugs to doctors, including some to treat cancer

An online Canadian pharmacy sold US$78m worth of unapproved, mislabelled and, in two cases counterfeit cancer drugs to doctors across the United States over three years, US government prosecutors have said.

An indictment filed in US district court in Montana charges Canada Drugs and its affiliates in the United Kingdom and Barbados with smuggling, money laundering and conspiracy. Thirteen of the 14 companies and individuals named as defendants are located outside the US and have not appeared to face the charges, leading prosecutors to undertake a possibly lengthy extradition process.

The 14-year-old Winnipeg company’s website describes itself as offering low prices on medicine from Canada, the UK, Australia and New Zealand. A company spokesman and its attorney did not return calls on Monday.

The medicines named in the criminal indictment are mainly clinical drugs that treat cancer or the effects of chemotherapy. Nearly all of the drugs are legal in the US when sold by FDA-approved manufacturers and marketers…read more.
[hr] Source: The Guardian

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