In a small case hailing from Tennessee, the Justice Department early this week decided to withdraw charges made against a couple convicted of utilizing misbranded drugs in their clinics.
Dr. Anindya Kumar Sen and his wife, Patricia Sen, appealed their convictions to the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, claiming the federal government inappropriately used a federal law, while aiming them for drug purchases they thought were approved by the FDA.
Attorneys told the court that the Justice Department will no longer proceed in prosecuting the defendants.
Early this year, a federal judge demanded the couple to pay a $300,000 fine. Mrs. Sen, who purchased the drugs, served a 2-day prison time. The couple was convicted of taking in misbranded drugs into interstate commerce.
The Sens’ attorney argued that a parent ordering a drug from Amazon.com to fill her child’s medicine cabinet would’ve committed a federal crime if the bottle label was damaged by the distributor.