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US$6m forfeited


US$6m forfeited

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A?MAN who was being paid as an advisor for a network of Internet-based pharmaceutical companies, one of which is located in Barbados, has forfeited cash and assets totalling US$6 million after pleading guilty to distributing a fake cancer drug in the United States through some of these companies.
Canadian Paul Daniel Bottomley, 48, pleaded guilty in April in a US Federal Court to misprision of a felony, following an international investigation by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), which stretched as far as Barbados, after a counterfeit drug labelled Avastin, was sold to a number of physicians in the United States.
He was placed under house arrest for six months and will be on probation for five years.
Avastin, one of the most widely used cancer drugs in the world is distributed by the Swiss Company Roche, and is used to treat cancers of the colon, lung, kidney and brain.