TUE AUG 14, 2018 | POSTED IN: DUMB CRIME | SOURCE
Detroit, MI -- Sunoco gas stations in Detroit are being sued over allegations that they sold Viagra without prescriptions and under misleading circumstances.
Outlaw Laboratory, a Houston-based company that has filed similar lawsuits across the country, argued in its filing that the 62 Sunoco stations are wrongfully selling Viagra supplements as "all-natural" male enhancement supplements.
Robert Tauler, a Los Angeles-based attorney who is representing Outlaw, said at a press conference Monday that the station owners are purchasing the supplements from "criminals."
Tauler claimed that pills containing sildenafil — the active ingredient in Viagra — are manufactured cheaply in China and then sold to retailers in the U.S. for $1 or $2 per pill. Gas stations and other buyers then mark them up 500% and earn "$10,000 a year in profits," Tauler said.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has attempted to clamp down on the illicit activity but because the manufacturers aren't registered, above-ground businesses, so they can outmaneuver the government. Tauler related an anecdote in which the FDA ordered gas stations to stop selling "Rhino 8 8000" and the manufacturers made new packaging that said "Rhino 8 14000" to get around the order.
The lawsuit asserted that not only is this unfair competition with Outlaw's own male enhancement pills — which don't contain sildenafil — but it is also dangerous to men who are unwittingly taking prescription-strength drugs. Tauler said that one person has died in connection to the medication, but that instance is still under investigation.
Sunoco did not respond to a request for comment.