Hoover man pleads guilty to whipping up suppositories in kitchen; selling them as cancer treatments
A man from Hoover pleaded guilty Thursday to producing, marketing and selling unapproved medicines in his kitchen and warehouse as a cancer treatment
Patrick Charles Bishop, 54, pleaded guilty to a conspiracy to fraudulently introduce counterfeit and false-branded drugs into interstate trade, according to US attorney Prim F. Escalona of northern Alabama and the US -American Criminal Investigation Office in Miami Special Agent in charge of the Justin C. Fielder branch. He was charged with federal charges in August.
Under the plea agreement, Bishop Patrick owned and operated LLC, which was organized in Nevada. Between 2015 and 2016, Bishop bought, manufactured, labeled, marketed, sold, and distributed medicines that allegedly contained a peptide called PNC-27. PNC-27 has not been approved by the FDA for use in the United States as a drug to treat any disease, including cancer. Also, PNC-27 has not been clinically tested in humans in the United States to determine its effectiveness, safety, or potential risks or side effects.
Bishop took steps to hide these activities from the FDA and others, authorities said. He used the company name Best Peptide Supply, LLC to purchase PNC-27 from GL Biochem, a China-based manufacturer, and used the company name Immuno Cellular Restoration Program, Inc. to sell PNC-27 products to others. He described his distribution of PNC-27 products as part of a research effort and made false claims to FDA staff and others.
Bishop paid GL Biochem more than $ 600,000 for the product. He repeatedly assured the manufacturer that he would only use the peptide for laboratory research purposes. Instead, he used the peptide to make homemade suppositories in his Birmingham kitchen and in a warehouse he rented in Pelham. The facilities were not sterile and did not comply with current good manufacturing practice. Customers who bought suppositories from Bishop said they found hairpieces in their suppository packs.
Bishop marketed the PNC-27 drug to alternative medicine doctors, cancer patients, and others as an effective treatment for cancer. Bishop sold PNC-27 drugs to Hope4Cancer, a holistic cancer treatment center with clinics in Mexico. Bishop shipped the products to a facility in California, and Hope4Cancer used the products to treat patients in its Mexican clinics. Bishop also sold PNC-27 drugs to patients and others in the United States.
He faces five years in prison and a fine of $ 250,000. The sentencing was scheduled for May 5th.