Friday, October 1, 2010

Wisconsin State Journal: Man Charged With Importing Fake Drugs Given Medical Release for Heart Surgery

Man charged with importing fake drugs given medical release for heart surgery.

According to a story in the Wisconsin State Journal:

A Middleton man charged in federal court with taking part in an alleged large-scale scheme to import and peddle fake or ineffective pills was released from custody Monday for heart surgery on severely blocked vessels.

Balbir Bhogal, 63, who was charged in U.S. District Court in Brooklyn last month along with renowned Madison pharmacist Marla Ahlgrimm, has three vessels in his heart that are 95, 97 and 100 percent blocked, associate federal defender Erika Bierma wrote to U.S. Magistrate Judge Stephen Crocker on Monday.

Bhogal has been taken to UW Hospital for treatment, which could include heart bypass surgery. On Monday morning, Crocker ordered Bhogal released from custody so that he can remain at the hospital.

Bhogal is currently scheduled to appear in federal court in Brooklyn on Oct. 27, contingent upon his medical condition.

Here is hoping that Mr. Bhogal gets treated with legitimate medications and does not suffer the effects of bogus painkillers or life saving drugs to which he has been accused of dealing.

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