Miami Resident Arrested for Illegal Sale of Cancer Medication

Miami Resident Arrested for Illegal Sale of Cancer Medication

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“TALLAHASSEE - Attorney General Charlie Crist today announced the arrest of a South Florida resident on three charges related to his alleged involvement in an interstate prescription drug operation with purchases totaling more than $100,000. Dennys Astorga, 31, of Miami, is accused of facilitating the sale of prescription drugs with fake pedigrees, including medication intended for cancer patients. Without a valid pedigree, which guarantees that a drug is authentic and has been properly stored, a drug cannot be legally sold in Florida. According to the arrest affidavit, Astorga allegedly facilitated transactions between a Texas prescription drug wholesaling operation using the name of San Antonio Health Group, and Florida-based drug distributor AMERx. Between April and August 2002, Astorga allegedly delivered drug orders and the paperwork accompanying them to AMERx’s Ft. Lauderdale headquarters. Astorga is also charged with collecting payment on products that the company claimed to have been Aciphex, Combivir, Crixivan, Diflucan, Epivir, Lamisil, Lovenox, Neupogen, Neurontin, Procardia, Procrit, Serostim, Serzone, Sustiva, Trizivir, Videx, Vioxx, Viracept, Viramune, Zerit, Zyprexa, Ziagen and Zocor…”