A federal judge has ordered the closure of a drug company in the City of Industry for marketing adulterated and misbranded dietary supplements, it was announced Friday.
Prosecutors filed the injunction last month in Los Angeles against Health One Pharmaceuticals Inc. at the request of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
U.S. District Judge Beverly Reid O’Connell issued the order Thursday.
The firm and its president, Richard S. Yeh, agreed to shut down the business and resolve the lawsuit as part of a consent decree forbidding the company from operating until it takes steps to improve its compliance with federal law, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.
Yeh could not immediately be reached for comment.
“Protecting the health of American consumers is some of the most important work we do,” said Acting Assistant Attorney General Joyce R. Branda for the DOJ’s civil division. “We have an unwavering commitment to ensuring that the dietary supplements in this country are safe and have been manufactured in accordance with federal law.”
Health One violated the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act by marketing dietary supplements prepared “under conditions that do not meet current good manufacturing practice regulations,” according to the DOJ.
In addition, the supplements — some of which contained unapproved new drugs — were misbranded, the agency said.
— City News Service