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Stephen L. Marks: Debarment Order

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The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is issuing an order under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (the FD&C Act) permanently debarring Stephen L. Marks from providing services in any capacity to a person that has an approved or pending drug product application. We base this order on a finding that Mr. Marks was convicted of felonies under Federal law for conduct relating to the regulation of a drug product under the FD&C Act. Mr. Marks was given notice of the proposed permanent debarment and an opportunity to request a hearing within the timeframe prescribed by regulation. Mr. Marks failed to respond. Mr. Marks' failure to respond constitutes a waiver of his right to a hearing concerning this action.

 

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DATES: Back to Top

This order is effective February 22, 2012.

ADDRESSES: Back to Top

Submit applications for special termination of debarment to the Division of Dockets Management (HFA-305), Food and Drug Administration, 5630 Fishers Lane, Rm. 1061, Rockville, MD 20852.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Back to Top

Kenny Shade, Office of Regulatory Affairs, Food and Drug Administration, 12420 Parklawn Dr., Element Bldg., rm. 4144, Rockville, MD 20857, 301-796-4640.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Back to Top

I. Background Back to Top

Section 306(a)(2)(B) of the FD Act (21 U.S.C. 335a(a)(2)(B)) requires debarment of an individual if FDA finds that the individual has been convicted of a felony under Federal law for conduct relating to the regulation of any drug product under the FD Act.

On June 23, 2011, the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania entered judgment against Mr. Marks for: Conspiracy to distribute misbranded controlled substances in violation of 21 U.S.C. 846; causing the misbranding of a drug product by dispensing a prescription drug product without a valid prescription in violation of 21 U.S.C. 331(k); and aiding and abetting in a monetary transaction in criminally derived property of a value greater than $10,000 in violation of 18 U.S.C. 1957 and 2.

FDA's finding that debarment is appropriate is based on the felony convictions referenced herein for conduct relating to the regulation of a drug product. The factual basis for this conviction is as follows: Mr. Marks was a pharmacist licensed to practice as a pharmacist in Pennsylvania. Mr. Marks managed and operated Pharmacy Services, Inc. (PSI, Inc.), a pharmacy registered with the Drug Enforcement Administration. This registration permitted Mr. Marks to fill prescriptions for and dispense certain controlled substances. From on or about June 2004, through January 2006, Mr. Marks and other employees of PSI, Inc. dispensed and distributed controlled substances for businesses that used telemarketers and Web sites to market, sell, and distribute controlled substances, including pain medications and stimulants, to individuals throughout the United States. From on or about June 2004, through on or about January 2006, in the Middle District of Pennsylvania, with intent to defraud and mislead, Mr. Marks did an act that caused drugs to be misbranded after they moved in interstate commerce and while they were held for sale, in that he dispensed the prescription drugs hydrocodone and Didrex, both of which are Schedule III controlled substances, without a valid prescription of a practitioner licensed by law to administer such drugs.

As a result of his convictions, on September 30, 2011, FDA sent Mr. Marks a notice by certified mail proposing to permanently debar him from providing services in any capacity to a person that has an approved or pending drug product application. The proposal was based on a finding, under section 306(a)(2)(B) of the FD Act, that Mr. Marks was convicted of felonies under Federal law for conduct relating to the regulation of a drug product under the FD Act. The proposal also offered Mr. Marks an opportunity to request a hearing, providing him 30 days from the date of receipt of the letter in which to file the request, and advised him that failure to request a hearing constituted a waiver of the opportunity for a hearing and of any contentions concerning this action. The proposal was received on October 6, 2011. Mr. Marks failed to respond within the timeframe prescribed by regulation and has, therefore, waived his opportunity for a hearing and has waived any contentions concerning his debarment (21 CFR part 12).

II. Findings and Order Back to Top

Therefore, the Director, Office of Enforcement, Office of Regulatory Affairs, under section 306(a)(2)(B) of the FD&C Act, under authority delegated to the Director (Staff Manual Guide 1410.35), finds that Stephen L. Marks has been convicted of felonies under Federal law for conduct relating to the regulation of a drug product under the FD&C Act.

As a result of the foregoing finding, Mr. Marks is permanently debarred from providing services in any capacity to a person with an approved or pending drug product application under sections 505, 512, or 802 of the FD Act (21 U.S.C. 355, 360b, or 382), or under section 351 of the Public Health Service Act (42 U.S.C. 262), effective (see DATES) (see sections 306(c)(1)(B), (c)(2)(A)(ii), and 201(dd) of the FD Act (21 U.S.C. 335a(c)(1)(B), (c)(2)(A)(ii), and 321(dd))). Any person with an approved or pending drug product application who knowingly employs or retains as a consultant or contractor, or otherwise uses the services of Mr. Marks, in any capacity during Mr. Marks' debarment, will be subject to civil money penalties (section 307(a)(6) of the FD Act (21 U.S.C. 335b(a)(6))). If Mr. Marks provides services in any capacity to a person with an approved or pending drug product application during his period of debarment he will be subject to civil money penalties (section 307(a)(7) of the FD Act (21 U.S.C. 335b(a)(7)). In addition, FDA will not accept or review any abbreviated new drug applications submitted by or with the assistance of Mr. Marks during his period of debarment (section 306(c)(1)(A) of the FD Act (21 U.S.C. 335a(c)(1)(A))).

Any application by Mr. Marks for special termination of debarment under section 306(d)(4) of the FD Act (21 U.S.C. 335a(d)(4)) should be identified with Docket No. FDA-2011-N-0585 and sent to the Division of Dockets Management (see ADDRESSES). All such submissions are to be filed in four copies. The public availability of information in these submissions is governed by 21 CFR 10.20(j).

Publicly available submissions may be seen in the Division of Dockets Management between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Dated: February 7, 2012.

Armando Zamora,

Acting Director, Office of Enforcement, Office of Regulatory Affairs.

[FR Doc. 2012-4064 Filed 2-21-12; 8:45 am]

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