Dmitriy V. Melnik, the owner and operator of Candy Color Lenses, a major online retailer of colored contact lenses, pleaded guilty to importing counterfeit and misbranded contact lenses from suppliers in Asia and then selling them over the internet without a prescription to tens of thousands of customers around the country. According to the plea agreement, Melnik imported large quantities of colored contact lenses from China and South Korea that he knew were counterfeit and/or unauthorized by the FDA and many of which bore labels with counterfeit trademarks for Ciba Vision FreshLook COLORBLENDS, which are manufactured by Novartis International AG. Melnik admitted that some of the contact lenses he sold were contaminated with potentially hazardous bacteria. DOJ
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