The Oregon doctor who will begin serving prison time this month for injecting patients with drugs not approved by the FDA for anti-aging treatments is telling his side of the story. Dr. Jerome Lentini will serve 18 months in prison. Instead of using FDA-approved Botox Cosmetic, prosecutors argued that he used a drug that carried a warning label reading “Not For Human Use.”
“I didn’t see any [warning labels] and I kept telling my attorney early on, I never noticed anything,” Lentini said in a telephone interview Tuesday.
Lentini said invoices containing the warning eventually came to one of his offices but that those invoices were filed before he looked at them. Lentini said he did not find out about the warnings until November of 2004-three months after he stopped using the drug in favor what he calls a “superior product” made in China. That product was not approved by the FDA either.
“I have to admit [that while] I knew the product was a good product-I wasn’t sure if I could import it,” he said.
Lentini will begin serving his sentence on Jan. 25. He was also ordered to pay restitution of approximately $330,000 to more than 800 victims.
Lentini, who now lives in Salem, Oregon pled guilty to injecting patients with drugs that had not been approved for use on humans by the Food and Drug Administration.
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