Father and Son in San Diego Admit Making Bogus AIDS Drugs
October 17, 2002
Ronald Eugene Nollet, 53, and his son, Ronald Jr., 31, pleaded guilty in San Diego Tuesday to federal charges of counterfeiting Serostim, a costly human growth hormone approved to combat AIDS wasting. The pair ordered 6,000 vials of medication from an Oregon firm in April based on their formula for counterfeit Serostim. The formula did not require somatropin, the active ingredient in Serostim, Assistant US Attorney Melanie Pierson said. The Nollets then labeled the vials to falsely indicate that the product was manufactured by Serono Laboratories, the Massachusetts firm that markets Serostim. Authorities seized several hundred of the 6,000 counterfeit Serostim vials the Nollets ordered in April, and intercepted a second batch the two ordered in July. The men face up to three years in prison when they are sentenced in January. It is not known how much the two Nollets made from selling the counterfeits, Pierson said.
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