HOUSTON (AP) — Two men charged in separate cases with conspiring to defraud people suffering from neurological diseases including Lou Gehrig's disease and multiple sclerosis with unapproved stem cell treatments have entered guilty pleas.
U.S. Attorney Kenneth Magidson and Patrick J. Holland of the Food and Drug Administration made the announcement Friday. They say 52-year-old Francisco Morales of Brownsville and 59-year-old Lawrence Stowe, a former Fort Worth resident, both entered guilty pleas in a conspiracy to introduce misbranded and unapproved new drugs into interstate commerce.
The officials say Stowe and Morales, who each operated medical clinics in the South Texas town of Brownsville, both falsely represented they were licensed to practice medicine.
Holland says the FDA is committed to investigating those who "prey on the sick and vulnerable with phony medical treatments."