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State Closes Deadly Drug Shipment Misbranding Case

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AUSTIN (AP) - The Texas attorney general’s office has resolved its case against a Dallas-based mail-order compounding pharmacy over a shipment of a misbranded drug ingredient blamed for three Pacific Northwest deaths.

An attorney general’s office statement Tuesday says pharmacist Gary Osborn and his companies, Apothecure Inc. and SpectraPharm Inc., will pay $200,000 to the state, including $100,000 in civil penalties. They also agree to compound drugs to order and in a legal manner.

Osborn and ApotheCure received probation and $100,000 fines after pleading guilty to two misdemeanor criminal violations of the federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act.

The cases center on a February 2007 shipment of a gout drug containing some vials with dosages more than seven times stronger than shown on the label. Autopsies showed three Oregon patients suffered fatal overdoses.

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