Federal investigation reveals counterfeit animal drugs
YAKIMA, Wash. - Animal Pharmaceuticals Incorporated has operated out of Yakima for more than 20 years.
The business providing local people with drugs for their livestock and animals, but according to federal agents the company was involved with a conspiracy to sell counterfeit drugs sometime in 2001.
An employee working at Animal Pharmaceuticals tipped off the Federal Drug Administration that the business was selling counterfeit animal drugs from Mexico. This tip then led to a search warrant for the business in October of 2005.
The federal indictment names seven people connected to the company that helped pull off the operation.
According to court documents, counterfeit drugs were sent from a company in Mexicali, Mexico to another business in Calipatria, California.
Those drugs were relabeled with English labels and the expiration dates changed.
The drugs were then sent from California to Yakima using UPS and Fed-Ex.
In Yakima, unsuspecting customers then allegedly bought the fake drugs from Animal Pharmaceuticals thinking they were buying the name brand drugs Excenel, Nuflor and Baytril.