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Who Can Be Responsible for the Sale of Counterfeit Medications?

We rely on medications to manage our health conditions, alleviate symptoms, and improve our quality of life. When we purchase prescription drugs, we trust that we are getting safe, effective, and genuine products.

Unfortunately, counterfeit medications have become increasingly prevalent, putting countless patients at risk. These fake drugs may leave consumers vulnerable to serious health consequences. In these situations, justice must be served.

The Dangers of Counterfeit Medication

Counterfeit drugs pose significant dangers to patients for several reasons. First, they may contain toxic or harmful ingredients that can cause adverse reactions, allergic responses, or even poisoning. Second, they may have incorrect dosages, either too high or too low, which can lead to ineffective treatment or dangerous overdoses. Third, they may lack the active ingredients necessary to treat the intended condition, allowing the disease to progress unchecked.

Furthermore, counterfeit medications may be manufactured in unsanitary or unregulated conditions. This increases the risk of contamination and other quality control issues. They may also have false or misleading labeling, making it difficult for patients to understand how to properly use the drug or what side effects to watch out for.

Criminal Penalties for Sellers of Counterfeit Drugs

Selling counterfeit medications is a serious crime that can result in both federal and state criminal charges. While state penalties can vary, federal charges under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act can lead to significant fines and prison time.

Trafficking counterfeit drugs as a first offense can result in up to 3 years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000. Subsequent offenses can lead to up to 10 years in prison, with fines for corporations reaching $200,000 per count. If the counterfeit drugs cause serious bodily injury, jail time can increase to 20 years. In cases where a death results from counterfeit goods, penalties can include life in prison.

Prosecutors may also charge counterfeit drug sellers under the federal Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) law, which aims to break up organized crime rings. RICO charges for counterfeits can include up to 20 years in prison.

Who Is Liable for the Sale of Counterfeit Drugs?

In addition to criminal charges, those who manufacture, distribute, or sell counterfeit medications may also face civil liability through counterfeit drug lawsuits. These lawsuits are brought by patients who have been harmed by fake drugs and seek compensation for their injuries and losses.

Several parties may be held liable in a counterfeit drug lawsuit, including:

  • The manufacturer of the counterfeit drug
  • The distributor or supplier of the fake medication
  • The pharmacy or individual who sold the counterfeit drug to the patient

To succeed in a counterfeit drug lawsuit, the plaintiff must typically prove that they suffered harm from the fake medication, that the drug was indeed counterfeit, and that the defendant’s actions caused their injuries. The Ozempic lawsuit attorney at Shapiro Legal Group, PLLC can help patients prove these facts and fight for the compensation that they deserve.

Have You Fallen Victim to Counterfeit Medications?

If you or a loved one has suffered harm due to counterfeit medications, the responsible parties deserve to be held accountable. Shapiro Legal Group, PLLC will thoroughly investigate your case to identify all liable parties, from manufacturers to distributors, so that you can receive the compensation you deserve. Contact us today at (800) 220-0984 for a free consultation and let us fight for your rights.