More than a dozen pharmacists were indicted Monday for distributing fake Viagra pills.
This is the first time pharmacists have been charged with selling the fake drugs, purchased through the back door by men seeking for solution to erectile dysfunction or to enhance their libido.
Investigators at the Seoul Central District Prosecutors Office said they have sought a summary indictment for a pharmacist surnamed Yoon and 14 others to pay between 1 and 5 million won ($940-$4,800) per case of selling fake Viagra and another renowned impotence treatment, Cialis. The counterfeit drugs were manufactured in China.
Prosecutors said those apprehended made a fortune by selling drugs they brought in from smugglers and illegal distributors at 2,000 won to 2,500 won per pill and branded them as authentic ones sold for 15,000-18,000 won at stores in Jongno, Jung and Yeongdeungpo districts in Seoul.
The prosecutors said the fake drugs contain double the standard amount of sildenafil citrate, the scientific name for Viagra, which could cause heart attacks and other side effects.
“We suspect more pharmacists to have participated in the illegal trade,” an investigator said, vowing to expand their probe.
By Bae Ji-sook (email@example.com)