On Wednesday, Acting United States Attorney Soo C. Song announced that an Allegheny County, Pennsylvania resident had been sentenced for conspiring to smuggle misbranded drugs into the United States. 62-year-old Jeffrey A. Markovitz of Clairton previously pleaded guilty to conspiracy to smuggle drugs made for foreign markets into the United States and conspiracy to money launder.
The defendant has been sentenced to three years of probation for each count and six months of in home detention. Markovitz will also be required to forfeit $650,000. Information presented in court explained that Markovitz worked as a pharmacist. He previously owned Dierken’s Pharmacy in Monongahela, Pennsylvania.
The defendant purchased drugs from a Canadian company. Then, he used the foreign-made drugs to fill prescriptions in the United States. In total, Markovitz wire transferred $55,895.38 to Canada for the smuggled medications. Foreign made drugs are able to avoid the governmental oversights that American made drugs must undergo.
Therefore, foreign-made drugs eliminate protections provided by the U.S. FDA to ensure that patients are protected from consuming recalled medications. Again, 62-year-old Jeffrey Markovitz has been sentenced to probation for conspiring to smuggle the drugs into the United States.