Karis Copper Delong: Debarment Order, 11045-11046 [2017-03172]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 32 / Friday, February 17, 2017 / Notices mstockstill on DSK3G9T082PROD with NOTICES 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 31, 2016. Dr. Brown did not request a hearing and has, therefore, waived his opportunity for a hearing and any contentions concerning his debarment (21 CFR part 12). II. Findings and Order Therefore, the Director, Office of Enforcement and Import Operations, Office of Regulatory Affairs, under section 306(a)(2)(B) of the FD&C Act, under authority delegated to him (Staff Manual Guide 1410.35), finds that Dr. Raymond Sean Brown has been convicted of a felony under Federal law for conduct relating to the regulation of a drug product under the FD&C Act. Section 306(c)(2)(A)(ii) of the FD&C Act requires that Dr. Brown’s debarment be permanent. As a result of the foregoing finding, Dr. Raymond Sean Brown 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&C 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 section 201(dd), 306(c)(1)(B), and 306(c)(2)(A)(ii) of the FD&C Act (21 U.S.C. 321(dd), 335a(c)(1)(B), and 335a(c)(2)(A)(ii)). 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 Dr. Brown, in any capacity during his debarment, will be subject to civil money penalties (section 307(a)(6) of the FD&C Act (21 U.S.C. 335b(a)(6))). If Dr. Brown 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&C Act). In addition, FDA will not accept or review any abbreviated new drug applications from Dr. Brown during his period of debarment (section 306(c)(1)(B) of the FD&C Act). Any application by Dr. Brown for special termination of debarment under section 306(d)(4) of the FD&C Act should be identified with Docket No. FDA–2016–N–2191 and sent to the Division of Dockets Management (see ADDRESSES). All such submissions are to be filed in four copies. The public VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:38 Feb 16, 2017 Jkt 241001 availability of information in these submissions is governed by 21 CFR 10.20. Publicly available submissions will be placed in the docket, and will be viewable at https://www.regulations.gov or at the Division of Dockets Management (see ADDRESSES) between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. Dated: February 13, 2017. Armando Zamora, Deputy Director, Office of Enforcement and Import Operations, Office of Regulatory Affairs. [FR Doc. 2017–03173 Filed 2–16–17; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4164–01–P DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES Food and Drug Administration [Docket No. FDA–2016–N–1677] Karis Copper Delong: Debarment Order AGENCY: Food and Drug Administration, HHS. ACTION: Notice. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA or Agency) is issuing an order under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (the FD&C Act) debarring Karis Copper Delong for a period of 12 years from providing services in any capacity to a person that has an approved or pending drug product application. FDA bases this order on a finding that Ms. Delong was convicted of four misdemeanor counts under the FD&C Act for introducing, delivering for introduction, and causing the introduction and delivery for introduction of a misbranded drug into interstate commerce, which relates to the regulation of drug products under the FD&C Act. In addition, FDA determined that the type of conduct that served as the basis for the conviction undermines the process for the regulation of drugs. Ms. Delong was given notice of the proposed debarment and an opportunity to request a hearing within the timeframe prescribed by regulation. Ms. Delong failed to request a hearing. Ms. Delong’s failure to request a hearing constitutes a waiver of her right to a hearing concerning this action. DATES: This order is effective February 17, 2017. ADDRESSES: Submit applications for termination of debarment to the Division of Dockets Management (HFA– 305), Food and Drug Administration, SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00046 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 11045 5630 Fishers Lane, Rm. 1061, Rockville, MD 20852. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Kenny Shade, Division of Enforcement, Office of Regulatory Affairs (ELEM– 4144), Food and Drug Administration, 12420 Parklawn Dr., Rockville, MD 20857, 301–796–4640. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: I. Background Section 306(b)(2)(B)(i)(I) of the FD&C Act (21 U.S.C. 335a(b)(2)(B)(i)(I)) permits debarment of an individual if FDA finds that the individual has been convicted of a misdemeanor under federal law for conduct relating to the regulation of drug products under the FD&C Act, and if FDA finds that the type of conduct that served as the basis for the conviction undermines the process for the regulation of drugs. On June 9, 2015, in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Washington, judgment was entered against Ms. Delong after she entered a plea of guilty to four counts of shipment of misbranded drugs in interstate commerce, in violation of section 301(a) of the FD&C Act (21 U.S.C. 331(a)), which according to section 303(a)(1) of the FD&C Act (21 U.S.C. 333(a)(1)) constitutes a misdemeanor. FDA’s finding that debarment is appropriate is based on the misdemeanor convictions referenced herein. The factual basis for these convictions is as follows: Beginning as early as April 2008, Ms. Delong assisted Louis Daniel Smith and others in the operation of Project Green Life (PGL). PGL was a Nevada corporation with physical operations at various locations in Spokane, WA. PGL marketed and sold various health-related products over the Internet. PGL’s flagship product was the Miracle Mineral Solution (MMS), a mixture of sodium chlorite and water. Although Ms. Delong acted primarily at the direction of Louis Daniel Smith, she had access to PGL’s operations. On various occasions, she handled shipping for PGL, including the delivery of packages containing MMS for shipment in interstate commerce to PGL customers nationwide and internationally. Although at times PGL marketed MMS as a water purification product, Ms. Delong knew that MMS was also used by consumers to treat disease. At times, PGL provided instructions to consumers that directed consumers to mix MMS with a citric acid solution and consume orally to treat various diseases. Ms. Delong knew that PGL provided such instructions to consumers. E:\FR\FM\17FEN1.SGM 17FEN1 11046 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 32 / Friday, February 17, 2017 / Notices mstockstill on DSK3G9T082PROD with NOTICES At no time did Ms. Delong or anyone else employed by PGL register their MMS manufacturing facilities with FDA as required under section 510 of the FD&C Act (21 U.S.C. 360). In addition, bottled MMS that PGL shipped to consumers did not bear labeling that bore the full place of business of the manufacturer. On or about November 1, 2010, November 12, 2010, November 16, 2010, and June 30, 2011, Ms. Delong or another person involved with PGL, delivered for introduction into interstate commerce a number of packages containing bottled MMS. These packages contained MMS that Ms. Delong knew was primarily intended as a treatment for disease. As a result of these convictions, FDA sent Ms. Delong by certified mail on October 12, 2016, a notice proposing to debar her for 12 years 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(b)(2)(B)(i)(I) of the FD&C Act, that Ms. Delong was convicted of misdemeanors under Federal law for conduct relating to the regulation of drug products under the FD&C Act, and that the type of conduct that served as the basis for the conviction undermines the process for the regulation of drugs. The proposal offered Ms. Delong an opportunity to request a hearing, providing her 30 days from the date of receipt of the letter in which to file the request, and advised her that failure to request a hearing constituted a waiver of the opportunity for a hearing and of any contentions concerning this action. Ms. Delong received the proposal on October 20, 2016. Ms. Delong did not request a hearing within the timeframe prescribed by regulation and has, therefore, waived her opportunity for a hearing and has waived any contentions concerning her debarment (21 CFR part 12). II. Findings and Order Therefore, the Director, Office of Enforcement and Import Operations, Office of Regulatory Affairs, under section 306(b)(2)(B)(i)(I) of the FD&C Act, under authority delegated to the Director (Staff Manual Guide 1410.35), finds that Karis Copper Delong has been convicted of four misdemeanor counts under federal law for conduct relating to the regulation of drug products under the FD&C Act, and that the type of conduct that served as the basis for the conviction undermines the process for the regulation of drugs. Based on consideration of the factors under section 306(c)(3) of the FD&C Act, VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:38 Feb 16, 2017 Jkt 241001 FDA finds that each offense be accorded a debarment period of 3 years. Under section 306(c)(2)(A) of the FD&C Act, in the case of a person debarred for multiple offenses, FDA shall determine whether the periods of debarment shall run concurrently or consecutively. FDA has concluded that the 3-year period of debarment for each of the four offenses of conviction need to be served consecutively, resulting in a total debarment period of 12 years. As a result of the foregoing finding, Karis Copper Delong is debarred for a period of 12 years 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&C 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)(3), and 201(dd) of the FD&C Act (21 U.S.C. 335a(c)(1)(B), (c)(3), 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 Karis Copper Delong, in any capacity during Ms. Delong’s debarment, will be subject to civil money penalties (section 307(a)(6) of the FD&C Act (21 U.S.C. 335b(a)(6))). If Ms. Delong provides services in any capacity to a person with an approved or pending drug product application during her period of debarment she will be subject to civil money penalties (section 307(a)(7) of the FD&C Act). In addition, FDA will not accept or review any abbreviated new drug applications submitted by or with the assistance of Karis Copper Delong during her period of debarment (section 306(c)(1)(B) of the FD&C Act). Any application by Ms. Delong for termination of debarment under section 306(d)(4) of the FD&C Act should be identified with Docket No. FDA–2016– N–1677 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 will be placed in the docket, and will be viewable at https://www.regulations.gov or at the Division of Dockets Management (see ADDRESSES) between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. PO 00000 Frm 00047 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Dated: February 13, 2017. Armando Zamora, Deputy Director, Office of Enforcement and Import Operations, Office of Regulatory Affairs. [FR Doc. 2017–03172 Filed 2–16–17; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4164–01–P DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES Meeting of the Advisory Committee on Minority Health Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Secretary, Office of Minority Health. ACTION: Notice of meeting. AGENCY: As stipulated by the Federal Advisory Committee Act, the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) is hereby giving notice that the Advisory Committee on Minority Health (ACMH) will hold a meeting. This meeting will be open to the public. Preregistration is required for both public attendance and comment. Any individual who wishes to attend the meetings and/or participate in the public comment session should email OMH–ACMH@ hhs.gov. SUMMARY: The meeting will be held on Thursday, March 23, 2017, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Friday, March 24, 2017, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at the 5600 Fishers Lane Building, Room 05N76, 5600 Fishers Lane, Rockville, Maryland 20857. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dr. Minh Wendt, Designated Federal Officer, ACMH; Tower Building, 1101 Wootton Parkway, Suite 600, Rockville, Maryland 20852. Phone: 240–453–8222, Fax: 240–453–8223; OMH–ACMH@ hhs.gov. DATES: In accordance with Public Law 105–392, the ACMH was established to provide advice to the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Minority Health in improving the health of each racial and ethnic minority group and on the development of goals and specific program activities of the Office of Minority Health. Topics to be discussed during this meeting will include strategies to improve the health of racial and ethnic minority populations through the development of health policies and programs that will help eliminate health disparities, as well as other related issues. Public attendance at this meeting is limited to space available. Individuals SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: E:\FR\FM\17FEN1.SGM 17FEN1

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DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES

Food and Drug Administration

[Docket No. FDA-2016-N-1677]


Karis Copper Delong: Debarment Order

AGENCY: Food and Drug Administration, HHS.

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: The Food and Drug Administration (FDA or Agency) is issuing an 
order under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (the FD&C Act) 
debarring Karis Copper Delong for a period of 12 years from providing 
services in any capacity to a person that has an approved or pending 
drug product application. FDA bases this order on a finding that Ms. 
Delong was convicted of four misdemeanor counts under the FD&C Act for 
introducing, delivering for introduction, and causing the introduction 
and delivery for introduction of a misbranded drug into interstate 
commerce, which relates to the regulation of drug products under the 
FD&C Act. In addition, FDA determined that the type of conduct that 
served as the basis for the conviction undermines the process for the 
regulation of drugs. Ms. Delong was given notice of the proposed 
debarment and an opportunity to request a hearing within the timeframe 
prescribed by regulation. Ms. Delong failed to request a hearing. Ms. 
Delong's failure to request a hearing constitutes a waiver of her right 
to a hearing concerning this action.

DATES: This order is effective February 17, 2017.

ADDRESSES: Submit applications for 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: Kenny Shade, Division of Enforcement, 
Office of Regulatory Affairs (ELEM-4144), Food and Drug Administration, 
12420 Parklawn Dr., Rockville, MD 20857, 301-796-4640.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

I. Background

    Section 306(b)(2)(B)(i)(I) of the FD&C Act (21 U.S.C. 
335a(b)(2)(B)(i)(I)) permits debarment of an individual if FDA finds 
that the individual has been convicted of a misdemeanor under federal 
law for conduct relating to the regulation of drug products under the 
FD&C Act, and if FDA finds that the type of conduct that served as the 
basis for the conviction undermines the process for the regulation of 
drugs.
    On June 9, 2015, in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern 
District of Washington, judgment was entered against Ms. Delong after 
she entered a plea of guilty to four counts of shipment of misbranded 
drugs in interstate commerce, in violation of section 301(a) of the 
FD&C Act (21 U.S.C. 331(a)), which according to section 303(a)(1) of 
the FD&C Act (21 U.S.C. 333(a)(1)) constitutes a misdemeanor.
    FDA's finding that debarment is appropriate is based on the 
misdemeanor convictions referenced herein. The factual basis for these 
convictions is as follows: Beginning as early as April 2008, Ms. Delong 
assisted Louis Daniel Smith and others in the operation of Project 
Green Life (PGL). PGL was a Nevada corporation with physical operations 
at various locations in Spokane, WA. PGL marketed and sold various 
health-related products over the Internet. PGL's flagship product was 
the Miracle Mineral Solution (MMS), a mixture of sodium chlorite and 
water.
    Although Ms. Delong acted primarily at the direction of Louis 
Daniel Smith, she had access to PGL's operations. On various occasions, 
she handled shipping for PGL, including the delivery of packages 
containing MMS for shipment in interstate commerce to PGL customers 
nationwide and internationally. Although at times PGL marketed MMS as a 
water purification product, Ms. Delong knew that MMS was also used by 
consumers to treat disease. At times, PGL provided instructions to 
consumers that directed consumers to mix MMS with a citric acid 
solution and consume orally to treat various diseases. Ms. Delong knew 
that PGL provided such instructions to consumers.

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    At no time did Ms. Delong or anyone else employed by PGL register 
their MMS manufacturing facilities with FDA as required under section 
510 of the FD&C Act (21 U.S.C. 360). In addition, bottled MMS that PGL 
shipped to consumers did not bear labeling that bore the full place of 
business of the manufacturer.
    On or about November 1, 2010, November 12, 2010, November 16, 2010, 
and June 30, 2011, Ms. Delong or another person involved with PGL, 
delivered for introduction into interstate commerce a number of 
packages containing bottled MMS. These packages contained MMS that Ms. 
Delong knew was primarily intended as a treatment for disease.
    As a result of these convictions, FDA sent Ms. Delong by certified 
mail on October 12, 2016, a notice proposing to debar her for 12 years 
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(b)(2)(B)(i)(I) of the FD&C Act, that Ms. 
Delong was convicted of misdemeanors under Federal law for conduct 
relating to the regulation of drug products under the FD&C Act, and 
that the type of conduct that served as the basis for the conviction 
undermines the process for the regulation of drugs.
    The proposal offered Ms. Delong an opportunity to request a 
hearing, providing her 30 days from the date of receipt of the letter 
in which to file the request, and advised her that failure to request a 
hearing constituted a waiver of the opportunity for a hearing and of 
any contentions concerning this action. Ms. Delong received the 
proposal on October 20, 2016. Ms. Delong did not request a hearing 
within the timeframe prescribed by regulation and has, therefore, 
waived her opportunity for a hearing and has waived any contentions 
concerning her debarment (21 CFR part 12).

II. Findings and Order

    Therefore, the Director, Office of Enforcement and Import 
Operations, Office of Regulatory Affairs, under section 
306(b)(2)(B)(i)(I) of the FD&C Act, under authority delegated to the 
Director (Staff Manual Guide 1410.35), finds that Karis Copper Delong 
has been convicted of four misdemeanor counts under federal law for 
conduct relating to the regulation of drug products under the FD&C Act, 
and that the type of conduct that served as the basis for the 
conviction undermines the process for the regulation of drugs.
    Based on consideration of the factors under section 306(c)(3) of 
the FD&C Act, FDA finds that each offense be accorded a debarment 
period of 3 years. Under section 306(c)(2)(A) of the FD&C Act, in the 
case of a person debarred for multiple offenses, FDA shall determine 
whether the periods of debarment shall run concurrently or 
consecutively. FDA has concluded that the 3-year period of debarment 
for each of the four offenses of conviction need to be served 
consecutively, resulting in a total debarment period of 12 years.
    As a result of the foregoing finding, Karis Copper Delong is 
debarred for a period of 12 years 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&C 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)(3), and 201(dd) of the FD&C Act (21 U.S.C. 335a(c)(1)(B), (c)(3), 
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 Karis Copper Delong, in 
any capacity during Ms. Delong's debarment, will be subject to civil 
money penalties (section 307(a)(6) of the FD&C Act (21 U.S.C. 
335b(a)(6))). If Ms. Delong provides services in any capacity to a 
person with an approved or pending drug product application during her 
period of debarment she will be subject to civil money penalties 
(section 307(a)(7) of the FD&C Act). In addition, FDA will not accept 
or review any abbreviated new drug applications submitted by or with 
the assistance of Karis Copper Delong during her period of debarment 
(section 306(c)(1)(B) of the FD&C Act).
    Any application by Ms. Delong for termination of debarment under 
section 306(d)(4) of the FD&C Act should be identified with Docket No. 
FDA-2016-N-1677 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 will be placed in the docket, and 
will be viewable at https://www.regulations.gov or at the Division of 
Dockets Management (see ADDRESSES) between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday 
through Friday.

    Dated: February 13, 2017.
Armando Zamora,
Deputy Director, Office of Enforcement and Import Operations, Office of 
Regulatory Affairs.
[FR Doc. 2017-03172 Filed 2-16-17; 8:45 am]
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