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Oregon doctor pleads guilty to bogus Botox

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) -- Dr. Brenda Diane Roberts pleaded guilty to federal charges Tuesday after being accused of importing and using unapproved versions of popular drugs on patients. 

The official charge she admitted to is "receipt of interstate commerce of adultered or misbranded drugs or devices and delivery for pay" for two drugs typically used to treat the signs of aging.

According to court documents filed by the U.S. Attorney for Oregon, Roberts "admits that between March of 2008 and January 2017, she received... misbranded drugs (foreign sourced Botox) and adulterated devices (foreign sourced Juvaderm) from internet distributors outside of the United States. Defendant admits that she sought and ordered Botox and Juvaderm (sic) from internet distributors outside of the United States who sold and shipped Botox and Juvaderm products not approved for use in the United States."

Legitimate Botox and Juvederm are used to treat facial lines, wrinkles and folds. 

Court records say the 54-year-old physician, who was trained at OHSU, used the drugs on patients at her home based-office in Troutdale. Records show the state agency that regulates doctors began investigating her sometime before July of 2017.  Three months later Roberts agreed to temporarily stop practicing while the Oregon Medical Board dug deeper.

In November 2017, the Board issued a "Notice of Proposed Disciplinary Action alleging violations of the Medical Practice Act... regarding unprofessional or dishonorable conduct; misrepresentation in applying for a license to practice medicine in this state; gross or repeated acts of negligence;... violation of the Federal Controlled Substances Act; and prescribing controlled substances without a legitimate medical purpose or without following accepted procedures for examination of patients or for record keeping." 

Roberts will be sentenced in September. The maximum penalty is one year in prison and a $100,000, but under the plea bargain the U.S. Attorney is recommending only a sentence of six months probation to be terminated after the completion of 40 hours of community service.


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