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Man accused of selling drugs without a license faces drug charges

As many states work to fight drug addiction, police are taking action on those who illegally sell prescription drugs without a license. In California, the owner of an herbal medicine store has been charged with selling and holding prescription drugs without a license. The man is accused of these drug charges in San Francisco's Chinatown.

According to police, the investigation began when a 73-year-old man was hospitalized after ingesting Anti Rheuma capsules from an unlicensed seller in Oakland. These capsules, intended to treat inflammation and arthritis, are not approved by the Food and Drug Administration. An investigation began to find the source of these medications, ending in the Chinatown business.

According to prosecutors, the business owner sold prescription drugs including Anti Rheuma capsules between Dec. 2016 and Oct. 2017. Finding and charging the source of these capsules is of particular interest to police, as they have an ingredient that has been removed from the U.S. market. The man is also accused of selling other medications that were counterfeit, misbranded, adulterated or unapproved by the FDA. Nearly 600 illegal products were allegedly found in a Jan. 2018 raid on his business.

In California, people selling prescription drugs must have a license from the California State Board of Pharmacy to do so. The license must be prominently displayed in the business selling the drugs. Those who sell drugs without a license or who sell products that are not valid according to the FDA may face drug charges. Those who are accused of such crimes should speak to a criminal lawyer to understand defense options.

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