A pharmacy technician is going through prison costs after he allegedly stole a mix of anti-malaria tablets and antibiotics which have been promoted by President Trump as a possible remedy for coronavirus.
Christopher Mencias Agustin, 35, of Torrance was charged this week with two felony counts of second-degree housebreaking throughout an emergency and one felony rely of concealing or withholding stolen property exceeding $950.
Agustin is accused of coming into Harbor-UCLA Medical Heart to steal pharmaceuticals on two events final month. He’s charged with taking greater than 700 tablets of hydroxychloroquine, which is used to deal with malaria and was lately touted as a doable COVID-19 remedy, together with azithromycin.
It’s a drug mixture first held up by some European medical doctors as aiding the battle towards COVID-19 and embraced as useful by Trump. However a current advisory from the Nationwide Institutes of Well being recommends towards using hydroxychloroquine at the side of the antibiotic azithromycin in COVID-19 instances. The advisory carries the code A-III, which means that it’s a “robust advice” towards its use, based mostly on “knowledgeable opinion.” The NIH cites the drug mixture’s “potential for toxicities.”
Agustin is because of be arraigned in a downtown court docket Wednesday. Deputy Dist. Atty. Michael Fern of the Cyber Crime Division, who’s prosecuting the case, mentioned the prescriptions had been value $6,700.
If convicted of all costs, the now-former pharmacy technician may resist 4 years and 4 months behind bars.