Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Feds Drop Counterfeit Drug Charges Against Prominent Pharmacist

Federal prosecutors have dismissed charges against a prominent Madison pharmacist accused of importing and selling fake Viagra and other drugs.

In an update to a fascinating story that had been blogged about previously in Secure Pharma Chain, the Green Bay Press Gazette is reporting:

• Online court records show prosecutors in the Eastern District of New York dropped the case against Marla Ahlgrimm on Nov. 5. The records don't offer any explanation. Robert Nardoza, a spokesman for the U.S. attorney's office involved in the case, declined comment. Ahlgrimm's attorney, Lester Pines, also declined comment.

• Ahlgrimm and a Middleton man named Balbir Bhogal were charged in September with working together to deliver counterfeit drugs, including Oxycodone, Hydrocodone and Viagra, to FBI informants. Bhogal's case is still pending.

• Ahlgrimm founded Women's Health America, a Madison-based umbrella company that includes a pharmacy and a laboratory. The University of Wisconsin Foundation's website lists her as a board member.

This story has been very interesting to watch because of the prominance of the people implicated and the proximity of counterfeit drugs to the legitimate pharmaceutical supply chain.

Clearly as the facts become known it will become even more apparent that all members of the pharmaceutical supply chain must take sufficent measures to protect their inventories from fraudulent, adulterated, sub-standard and counterfeit medications. There are far too many ways for bogus drugs to enter the legitimate supply chain and poison the consumer.

Secure Pharma Chain will follow this story as it continues to unfold.

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