Canadian Man Sentenced In US Court for Selling Counterfeit Cancer Drugs Over Internet

Hazim Gaber, of Canada, admitted to selling fake cancer drugs over the Internet at a plea hearing in May 2010, and on August 25, 2010, he was sentenced to 33 months in prison by a US District Court judge in Phoenix, AZ. As reported in a Department of Justice press release Gaber admitted to marketing a counterfeit cancer drug on a Web site, by claiming it was the experimental cancer drug sodium dichloroacetate (DCA). Instead, victims of the fraud were sent a white powdery substance composed of starch, dextrin, and dextrose or lactose, as confirmed by laboratory tests. Gaber sold the counterfeit product to at least 65 individuals, including US and Canadian citizens. DCA is an experimental cancer drug that has not yet been approved by the FDA for use in the US, but the Web site Gaber used to sell the fake product made false claims that it was the only legal supplier of DCA.