Former Minnedosa pharmacist, Kristjan Thorkelson's company is facing a $34 million dollar fine in the U.S.
Thorkelson is the CEO of CanadaDrugs.com, a Winnipeg online pharmacy that claims to be the largest in the country, has been charged with importing counterfeit cancer drugs and other unapproved drugs into the United States.
The business model is based on importing misbranded and unapproved drugs, which U.S. prosecutors are stating is illegal.
CanadaDrugs.com made over $78 million dollars importing these drugs illegally all over the world.
The case has been tied up for two years, because it was impossible to get the online pharmacy and Thorkelson to appear in U.S. court to face felony charges.
They finally struck a plea deal last year.
A Montana judge will decided if the please deal of $30 million in fines and five years probation is sufficient..
The pharmacy will stop all sales of questionable drugs and turn over all it’s domain names it was selling under.
Thorkelson’s deal is a $250,000 fine and six months house arrest. His pharmacy license was suspended by the College of Pharmacists of Manitoba in December.