Drug Diverter Sentenced to 70 Months in Prison - Pharmaceutical Technology

Latest Issue
PharmTech

Latest Issue
PharmTech Europe

Drug Diverter Sentenced to 70 Months in Prison


ePT--the Electronic Newsletter of Pharmaceutical Technology

Arnesto Segredo of Miami, Florida, was sentenced on February 18, 2010, to 70 months in prison for conspiring to divert prescription drugs, according to a press release from US Attorney’s Office. Segredo was convicted in August 2009 of diverting drugs and diverting drugs in interstate commerce.

According to prosecutors, from 2000 through 2002, Segredo had unlicensed wholesale suppliers regularly ship him boxes of the human growth hormones Serostim and Nutropin AQ. Segredo operated the Miami-based prescription-drug wholesaler Life Extension Institute, from 2000-2001, which was not licensed to distribute prescription drugs in the state of Florida. He later ran another Miami drug-wholesaler company, Genendo Purchasing Organization, that was licensed in Florida in 2001.

Serostim is an FDA-approved injectable drug used for the treatment of AIDS-wasting syndrome, and Nutropin AQ is FDA-approved for treatment of growth hormone deficiency. According to a press release from the US Attorney’s Office, evidence showed that the counterfeit Nutropin AQ distributed by Segredo entered the drug-supply chain and caused bodily harm to a child that received the drug.

The Prescription Drug Marketing Act prevents prescription drug diversion and the distribution of counterfeit, stolen, or substandard drugs and requires that wholesalers be licensed by state authorities.

ADVERTISEMENT

blog comments powered by Disqus
LCGC E-mail Newsletters

Subscribe: Click to learn more about the newsletter
| Weekly
| Monthly
|Monthly
| Weekly

Survey
FDASIA was signed into law two years ago. Where has the most progress been made in implementation?
Reducing drug shortages
Breakthrough designations
Protecting the supply chain
Expedited reviews of drug submissions
More stakeholder involvement
Reducing drug shortages
70%
Breakthrough designations
4%
Protecting the supply chain
17%
Expedited reviews of drug submissions
2%
More stakeholder involvement
7%
View Results
Eric Langerr Outsourcing Outlook Eric LangerRelationship-building at Top of Mind for Clients
Cynthia Challener, PhD Ingredients Insider Cynthia ChallenerRisk Reduction Top Driver for Biopharmaceutical Raw Material Development
Jill Wechsler Regulatory Watch Jill Wechsler Changes and Challenges for Generic Drugs
Faiz Kermaini Industry Insider Faiz KermainiNo Signs of a Slowdown in Mergers
CMOs and the Track-and-Trace Race: Are You Engaged Yet?
Ebola Outbreak Raises Ethical Issues
Better Comms Means a Fitter Future for Pharma, Part 2: Realizing the Benefits of Unified Communications
Better Comms Means a Fitter Future for Pharma, Part 1: Challenges and Changes
Sandoz Wins Biosimilar Filing Race
Source: ePT--the Electronic Newsletter of Pharmaceutical Technology,
Click here