RAM Medical Inc., a Wayne based distributor of medical products, was ordered Tuesday to pay almost $173,000 in fines and restitution for selling counterfeit and contaminated surgical mesh used to repair hernias, according to U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman.
The company also was sentenced to three years of probation. RAM entered a guilty plea to charges of selling adulterated and misbranded mesh last December, through its founder and owner, Richard A. Mazon.
According to the U.S. attorney’s office, RAM buys overstocked and discounted medical products around the world, reselling them in the United States.
In 2008, RAM bought about 420 boxes of surgical hernia mesh from a company in the United Arab Emirates, which had purchased them from a business called Medserve in India.
RAM also acquired another 100 boxes of mesh directly from Medserve in 2009.
RAM sold the mesh to seven customers. It admitted that boxes sold between December 2008 and June 2009 included mesh that was tainted with microorganisms.
RAM further admitted that boxes distributed between October 2008 and January 2010 contained counterfeit mesh that was falsely branded with the name of Davol Inc., a subsidiary of Murray Hillbased medical equipment maker C.R. Bard.
As a condition of probation, RAM will take responsibility for locating and destroying all the counterfeit mesh it imported, the U.S. attorney said.
In March 2010, the Food and Drug Administration issued a warning about the counterfeit surgical mesh. The FDA advised health care professionals not to use the counterfeit mesh, and asked them to call Bard at 800-556-6275 if they see any suspicious mesh.