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Belgrade Counterfeit Cancer Drugs Trafficker Sentenced

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A Belgrade man will serve five years probation and must forfeit $4.5 million dollars for importing and selling counterfeit cancer drugs.

Court documents show Paul Bottomley, 48, imported a drug called Avastin, and sold it out of his Belgrade business, Montana Health Care Solutions back in 2008.

A lab analysis shows the counterfeit Avastin -- a lifesaving chemotherapy drug -- was actually saline solution, and was distributed from Belgrade to physicians nationwide.

Bottomley pleaded guilty to misprision in April and was sentenced today in U.S. District Court in Missoula.

John Roth, Director of Office of Criminal Investigations FDA, said, "Our goal here is to ensure that when an individual gets medicine administered by a physician, or walks into a pharmacy that they are 100% sure that the medicines that they receive are safe, effective and approved by the FDA."

In 2010, Bottomley sold his business to a Canadian, Internet-based pharmacy company for $5 million, knowing the Canadian company imported misbranded, adulterated drug into the U.S.

The number of patients who took the counterfeit Avastin is unknown.

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