Fake Viagra seller faces US charges
Washington DC | 11 February 2016

A man has been charged in the US for illegally importing and selling misbranded and unapproved drugs, including Viagra.

Junaid Qadir faces nine charges, including the sale of counterfeit drugs and conspiracy to distribute controlled substances.

Qadir and his brother Shehzad own a business in Karachi, India, known as JNS Impex and through internet platforms allegedly sought to solicit orders for a variety of brand name and generic pharmaceutical prescriptions.

Viagra, Diazepam, Zolpidem and Phentermine were some of the drugs allegedly imported by the brothers into the US.

The company made various claims including that it had access to and could supply brand-name pharmaceutical products.

Qadir and his brother procured drugs that they knew were not approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the US market, from unapproved suppliers.

According to the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency, Qadir ordered drugs to the US in loose format, plastic vitamin bottles and plastic water bottles, to evade detection by US customs.

David Thompson, special agent in charge of Homeland Security Investigations in Denver, said: “Because counterfeiting funds illegal activity, we take cases like Qadir’s very seriously and bring justice to those who commit them.”

Penalties for the offences include up to 20 years in prison.

Author: Tammy Facey



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