ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) - A northern Virginia-based drug company was ordered to pay $3.4 million and its founder sentenced to three years in prison for distributing thousands of units of misbranded drugs to doctors across the U.S.
Gallant Pharma International Inc. and its co-owner, 39-year-old Syed "Farhan" Huda of Arlington, pleaded guilty last year in federal court to illegal importation and introducing misbranded drugs into interstate commerce.
According to court documents, the company made $3.4 million in profits between 2009 and 2013 by illegally importing chemotherapy and cosmetic surgery drugs, in violation of the Food and Drug Administration's regulatory scheme.
Prosecutors say the drugs were shipped in ways that compromised their safety, including a lack of temperature controls.
Twelve people have been convicted in connection with the prosecution.