Tuesday, December 28, 2010

North Carolina Man Charged with Conspiring to Sell Fake Viagra

A 54-year-old North Carolina man was indicted Thursday for transporting and selling hundreds of counterfeit erectile dysfunction pills.

Cleve R. Wootson Jr. in the December 16th issue of the Charlotte Observer, reports on the story of a North Carolina man charged with conspiring and traffic of bogus medications.

According to the Charlotte Observer story:

• Federal authorities say Awni Shuaib Zayyad, 54, of Wilson, has been charged with several counts of trafficking in Viagra and Cialis and with conspiracy to sell counterfeit drugs.

• The U.S. Attorney's Office says he sold more than 500 fake Viagra pills on May 25. In August, authorities say, he transported 600 fake Viagra pills and 226 counterfeit Cialis pills.

• If convicted, Zayyad faces a maximum of 10 years in prison for trafficking and five years for the conspiracy. He also faces a total fine of $7 million.

This arrest is a good sign that law enforcement and industry in the United States is becoming more active in pursuing criminals engaged in the potentially lethal felony.

For too long now, counterfeit drugs has taken a back seat in enforcement and public awareness.

Hopefully consumers and the pharmaceutical supply chain will become more aware and proactive in their approach to dealing with fraudulent, adulterated, sub-standard and counterfeit medications.

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1 comment:

Mobile Drug Tester said...

I wonder how can they manufacture these pills and labels of the companies.