Birmingham Man Accused of Selling Fake Cancer Drugs
By WVUA 23 Digital Reporter Harrison Holland
According to The United States Department of Justice, Birmingham native Patrick Charles Bishop is facing conspiracy and fraud charges.
Bishop, 54, is accused of marketing fraudulent drugs as effective cancer treatment products. These products were not reviewed by the FDA, according to U.S. Attorney Prim F. Escalona and Special Agent Justin Fielder. Bishop’s charges relate to the purchase, manufacture and distribution of a substance not known for cancer treatment benefits.
“The FDA’s requirements are designed to ensure that patients receive safe and effective medical treatments,” Special Agent Justin Fielder said.
According to the DOJ, the indictment states Bishop acquired a peptide called PNC-27 from the Chinese manufacturer GL Biochem. He paid more than $600,000 for the product between 2015 and 2016.
Hope4Cancer purchased PNC-27 from Bishop, who shipped product to California for the company to then treat patients in their Mexico clinics, according to the DOJ. Bishop also shipped product to various locations in the United States under a fake business named Immuno Cellular Restoration Program Inc.
The business title Best Peptide Supply, LLC, was used to acquire PNC-27 from GL Biochem.
This was all in an effort for cancer research, according to Bishop.
If found guilty, the charges would result in over 20 years of prison along with hefty fines, according to the DOJ.
Bishop is an alleged criminal at this point, with allegations yet to be proven beyond a reasonable doubt. Read more information about Bishop’s case here.