Recently, there has been significant media coverage of the ongoing efforts of IMPACT, the WHO, many national governments and other organizations to eliminate the distribution of counterfeit medicines. For the most part, stories of counterfeit medicines have focused on African countries. While counterfeit medicines are certainly more prevalent in areas of Africa than in many developed countries, we often forget that we’re not immune to the problem.
Following the seizure of 2 million dollars worth of counterfeit medicines, a man pleaded guilty to manufacturing and selling fake prescription drugs in Canada. What is the penalty he’ll pay for endagering patient’s lives? Less than two years in jail…
A Waterloo man pleaded guilty yesterday to a string of charges following the seizure of 2-million dollars worth of drugs.
45-year-old Fernand Reis. — a self-taught chemist –was found in possession of counterfeit prescription drugs and steroids. He admitted in court to selling the drugs online to various nutrition and health businesses in Kitchener, Hamilton and the Toronto area.
Reis pleaded guilty to 15 counts of possession for the purpose of trafficking, trafficking and importing drugs to Canada.
In a plea deal, he was sentenced to the equivalent of 22 months in jail.