Cana­dian phar­macy fined $34 mil­lion for il­le­gal im­ports

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An on­line phar­macy that bills it­self as Canada’s largest was fined $34 mil­lion Fri­day for im­port­ing coun­ter­feit can­cer drugs and other un­ap­proved medicine into the United States.

Canada Drugs has filled mil­lions of pre­scrip­tions by of­fer­ing it­self as a safe way for pa­tients to save money on ex­pen­sive drugs.

But U.S. pros­e­cu­tors say Canada Drugs’ busi­ness model is based on il­le­gally im­port­ing un­ap­proved and mis­branded drugs not just from Canada but from all over the world.

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