Franklin County man convicted of importing generic Viagra

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A former state employee who bought and resold generic erectile dysfunction drugs – sometimes using his work email to do so – was convicted in federal court on Monday.

Howard Stanley Head Jr., 59, of Franklin County, was sentenced to one year and one day in prison, a $ 1,000 fine and $ 30,275 in income from the illegal activity, announced Tuesday the Lexington United States Attorney’s Office.

Head pleaded guilty in June to conspiracy to import mislabelled prescription drugs, court records show. The plea deal said Head had ordered generic versions of Viagra and Cialis from countries like India and Singapore. The packages arrived in the mail with “inaccurate or misleading descriptions of their contents, such as ‘Supplement’,” according to the plea agreement.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office said Head ordered thousands of generic erectile dysfunction tablets online between July 2015 and October 2019. He resold them at a profit in Frankfort and elsewhere in Kentucky, sometimes using his email address. government employee to place orders and contact customers. the government said in a statement.

Sales covered by Head’s plea deal took place between mid-2015 and October 2019, but he had a business card indicating he had been in business since 2009, according to a sentencing memorandum.

Head worked in the Kentucky finance and administration firm. Using the online character “Dr. Head” and the trade name of Dr. Head’s Meds, he marketed the drugs using coded language such as “blue magic” or “energy vitamins,” according to the indictment. .

Head abused his state government email account to carry out his “illegal side activities” and likely did so during state working time, Deputy US Attorney William P. Moynahan said in a statement. memorandum on the sentence.

Head lost his job in the state in 2020 because of the case, according to a court document.

The US Attorney’s Office said that “the drugs were not allowed to enter the United States” and did not meet the labeling requirements of the United States Food and Drug Administration, and Head is not. plus a physician or pharmacist, he “therefore” had no legal authority to prescribe, dispense, transport or otherwise handle prescription drugs.

Even after US customs officials intercepted some of his shipments and received warnings, Head reportedly placed additional orders for generic erectile dysfunction drugs using different addresses.

Kentucky State Police and the FDA’s Bureau of Criminal Investigations investigated the case.

Herald-Leader editor-in-chief Bill Estep contributed to this report.

This story was originally published 2 November 2021 19:07.

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