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Diabetic test strip counterfeiter pleads guilty

BY Michael Johnsen

PHILADELPHIA — Jacques Duplessis on Monday pleaded guilty to engaging in a scheme to sell approximately 6,000 boxes of counterfeit LifeScan One Touch diabetic test strips that he purchased from suppliers in China and England, announced U.S. attorney Zane David Memeger.

Duplessis pleaded guilty to introducing into interstate commerce misbranded medical devices and entry of goods into the United States by means of false statements. Duplessis was the president and sole shareholder of both America’s Premier Supplier Corp. and Royal Global Wholesale Corp., which were Florida-based corporations.

A sentencing hearing is scheduled for Oct. 16. Duplessis faces up to three years in prison and a fine of up to $350,000. The case was investigated by the  Food and Drug Administration Office of Criminal Investigations and is being prosecuted by assistant U.S. attorney Nancy Rue.


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Dr. Reddy’s launches generic version of Lipitor

BY Alaric DeArment

HYDERABAD, India — Dr. Reddy’s Labs has launched a generic version of a popular cholesterol drug.

The company announced Wednesday the launch of atorvastatin calcium tablets in the 10-mg, 20-mg, 40-mg and 80-mg strengths.

The drug is a generic version of Pfizer’s Lipitor, which had sales of slightly more than $8 billion during the 12-month period ended in March, according to IMS Health.


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Black Opal named U.S. cosmetics partner of ‘Sparkle’ movie, launches sweepstakes

BY Antoinette Alexander

NEW YORK — Ethnic beauty brand Black Opal Cosmetics is promoting the Black Opal “Sparkle” national sweepstakes, and also has been named the official U.S. cosmetics partner of the movie “Sparkle,” in theaters Aug. 17.

The national sweepstakes is now open and is set to run through Aug. 17. One winner, plus 10 of her friends, will win a spa day and a private screening party of the movie “Sparkle.”  Twenty-five second-prize winners will win movie passes for two. Winners also will receive a beauty package with a Black Opal Beauty gift bag featuring cosmetics inspired by the movie.

Between now and Aug. 17, beauty mavens can log on to BlackOpalBeauty.com, click on their favorite look and learn how to recreate that look. Black Opal also is offering consumers who purchase products totaling $15 or more online a 15% discount, plus free shipping using the code “SPARKLE.”

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