December 3, 2013
In order to protect Americans from adulterated drugs, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has established a set of standards that oversees the production and distribution of medications. However, some doctors have tried to increase profits by purchasing drugs that do not meet FDA standards through unlicensed wholesale vendors.
The St. Louis Medical Malpractice Lawyers with Cofman Townsley Injury Lawyers point out the U.S Attorney’s Office recently charged a 52-year-old St. Louis County doctor with receiving misbranded doses of Botox from a foreign distributor. Court documents show that if convicted, the doctor could face hefty fines and up to a year in prison.
An article published by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch stated that in March 2010, the doctor responded to a piece of advertising, which claimed to sell the injections for $180 below the normal price. The doctor then purchased hundreds of injections from the unlicensed distributor and used the medications on patients for more than two years.
Investigators later determined the medications were not properly labeled and some of the drugs were in counterfeit packaging as well.
Cofman Townsley Injury Lawyers and their team of St. Louis Personal Injury Lawyers explain that on several occasions, patients who have been harmed by unbranded medications have successfully filed civil litigation against the doctors who were overseeing their care. That’s why the firm suggests discussing your legal options with an attorney if you have been injured by a drug given to you be a physician.