Kansas City pharmacist sentenced in fraud case

September 5, 2008

The government claimed that Doug Albers and his wholesale business, Albers Medical Distributors, grossed $26.3 million in fake or stolen drugs.

A former Kansas City pharmacist was sentenced to five years probation after pleading guilty to selling counterfeit and misbranded drugs. The government claimed that Doug Albers and his wholesale business, Albers Medical Distributors, grossed $26.3 million distributing fake, mislabeled, and stolen drugs.

Albers faced six years in prison, but U.S. District Judge Ortrie Smith granted him probation due to his cooperation that led to others pleading guilty. In all, two dozen people were successfully prosecuted for conspiring to market counterfeit, illegally-imported, mislabeled, stolen, or unapproved drugs. The investigation led to the recall of 18 million tablets of fake Lipitor, the world's best-selling prescription drug. Albers pled guilty to selling two boxes of counterfeit Neupogen.

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