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Bay Area resident Ian Fischman was sentenced to serve six months in custody today (Sept. 24) and forfeit $100,000 for his role in an illicit Internet pharmaceuticals scheme. According to the U.S. Attorney's office, Fischman admitted that between 2002 and 2007 he sold $400,000 of prescriptions pharmaceuticals online without a valid prescription. He sold generic Viagra, Cialis, and Levitra, among other drugs. Fischman admitted that he arranged to have drugs made in Mexico and India illegally imported into the U.S. to be shipped to internet customers. The proceeds went into bank accounts in Mexico and Switzerland, says the U.S. Attorney's office.

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Visduh Sept. 24, 2012 @ 7:18 p.m.

The bigger question here might be if those drugs were actually generic equivalents of the brand named drugs, hence efficacious, or fakes. The offenses would not be the same. If the drugs were equivalent, that was a patent and licensing matter, hence a financial issue. On the other hand, if the drugs were total fakes, that was fraud and abuse of all sorts of other health laws. This does point up the matter of drugs and what you may be getting when you try to bypass the local pharmacy by going on the 'net.

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Don Bauder Sept. 25, 2012 @ 6:56 a.m.

Good points, Visduh. It appears that the drugs were generic versions, not fakes. Best, Don Bauder

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SurfPuppy619 Sept. 28, 2012 @ 10:21 p.m.

The bigger question here might be if those drugs were actually generic equivalents of the brand named drugs, hence efficacious, or fakes

They were FAKES. Made in Mexico, by some garage outfit manufacturer, and probably underdosed by over 50%.

Many years ago- 1984-87, the biggest steroid supplier in the US (based in SD and LA) did this-he set up shop with a guy in TJ (Milano Laboratories), and made fake/counterfeit steroids, for pennies of the real cost, and sold them at full price. They typically had no true drug, or it did have the true drug but WAS SEVERLY UNDERDOSED, instead of a 5mg pill being 5mg it would be 2 mg. Big scams.

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Don Bauder Sept. 28, 2012 @ 8:05 p.m.

BUSINESSMAN INDICTED ON ILLEGAL IMPORTATION OF ONCOLOGY DRUGS. The U.S. Attorney's office today (Sept. 28) announced indictment of Martin Paul Bean III of Boca Raton, Florida. Bean allegedly had foreign cancer drugs shipped to a San Diego location. Bean's GlobalRxStore imported the drugs from Turkey, India, Pakistan, and other countries. The allegedly misbranded and unapproved drugs were sold over the Internet.

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