Beware of Counterfeit Pet Medications
The Department of Justice recently announced the guilty plea of a packaging company owner who was helping package bogus pet meds of various popular brands. The message to pet owners is that pet med counterfeiting is a genuine problem. Protect yourself by making sure you purchase your pet meds from a credible source.
A 48-year-old California resident has entered a guilty plea to trafficking in counterfeit labels and packaging, announced Acting U.S. Attorney Abe Martinez. Paul S. Rodriguez Jr. was the CEO of Action Packing and Design Inc. in Santa Ana, California. Between July 2015 and December 2016, Rodriguez intentionally trafficked in counterfeit labels and packaging by manufacturing, and then shipping to Houston, counterfeit and trademarked Frontline, Frontline Plus and Merial veterinary product labels and packaging. During this same period, Rodriguez also intentionally trafficked in counterfeit trademarked Rimadyl labels.
These products are widely used in veterinary medicine yet we do not stock these particular products nor do we recommend them. We prefer other products for external parasite control and pain management. We purchase all of our products from credible sources.
Sentencing in this case is currently set for Oct. 2, 2017, before U.S. District Judge Nancy F. Atlas, at which time Rodriguez faces up to 10 years in federal prison and a possible $2 million fine. He was permitted to remain on bond pending that hearing. The Food and Drug Administration-Office of Criminal Investigations and the Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations conducted the investigation. Assistant U. S. Attorney Daniel C. Rodriguez is prosecuting the case.