Owner of North Carolina Sport Supplement Co., Brian Parks Sentenced to Prison Time
ABINGDON, VA (STL.News) Brian Parks, the former owner of a North Carolina sports supplement company that introduced an unapproved drug into interstate commerce, was sentenced today in U.S. District Court in Abingdon to 12 months and one day in federal prison, Acting United States Attorney Daniel P. Bubar and Assistant Commissioner for Criminal Investigations Catherine A. Hermsen, FDA Office of Criminal Investigations, announced today.
Parks, 47, of Apex, North Carolina, and MedFixRX, Inc, now known as MedFit Sarmacuticals Inc., a sport supplement company based in Cary, North Carolina, pleaded guilty in November 2020 to one count of distributing unapproved new drugs with the intent to mislead and defraud the FDA and consumers. In connection with his plea, Parks forfeited $250,000.
“When Parks marketed drugs masquerading as dietary supplements that had not been approved by the FDA, he sidestepped important safeguards to protect the public, and committed a serious crime,” said Acting U.S. Attorney Daniel P. Bubar of the Western District of Virginia. “Our office will continue to closely partner with FDA to ensure safety and effectiveness in our drug supply.”
“Sports supplements’ that are manufactured and distributed outside the FDA’s oversight and that contain unapproved and possibly toxic ingredients endanger the health of unsuspecting consumers,” said Assistant Commissioner for Criminal Investigations Catherine A.