ST. LOUIS • Two Canadians were sentenced to prison Tuesday for distributing counterfeit, misbranded and adulterated Botox to two St. Louis County doctors and others, federal prosecutors said.
Kamaldeep Sandhu and Navdeep Sandhu, of Vancouver, B.C., obtained Botox from Turkey and then shipped it to doctors in Missouri and elsewhere via the website onlinebotox.com for hundreds less than FDA-approved drugs would cost, their indictment says. Over 100 shipments went to eastern Missouri, the indictment says.
The Sandhus sometimes did not refrigerate the Botox, as required, during shipment and storage, prosecutors said. Some of the Botox had counterfeit exterior packaging and lot numbers on cartons did not match the vials inside, they said.
U.S. District Judge Carol Jackson sentenced Kamaldeep Sandhu to two years in prison. Navdeep Sandhu, who just gave birth last month, received a three-month sentence.
“Today's sentencing demonstrates that we will continue to pursue and bring to justice those who violate the law and jeopardize public safety by shipping adulterated and misbranded drugs into the United States," said Catherine Hermsen, head of the Food and Drug Administration Office of Criminal Investigations in Kansas City in a prepared statement.
The Botox shipments triggered several public safety alerts.
In 2013, Dr. Erick Falconer, who ran the Youthful Body Medical Spa in Florissant, admitted lying to federal agents about buying unapproved Botox.