- Associated Press - Tuesday, August 18, 2015

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. (AP) - An Eastern Panhandle company has been fined $10,000 for distributing medical products without federal approval.

Rebuilder Medical Technologies, Inc. also must spend a year on probation. The Jefferson County company was sentenced on Monday in U.S. District Court in Martinsburg.

Rebuilder Medical Technologies had pleaded guilty in May to one count of introducing an unapproved drug into interstate commerce.

U.S. Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld II says the company manufactured and distributed a drug for skin conditions that contained colloidal silver.

Ihlenfeld says in a news release that drugs containing colloidal silver have not been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration because of concerns over the substance’s lack of effectiveness. There also is a risk of side effects such as skin discoloration.

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