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Man Pleads Guilty To Trying To Sell Unapproved Bird Flu Drugs

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No one wants to get bird flu, but that doesn't mean most people are willing to take drugs to combat it that haven't been approved by the FDA. Still, that didn't stop Charles B. Hensley of Redondo Beach from trying to market just such a medication, reports the Daily Breeze.

Hensley, 57, is the inventor of Zicam, the commonly used cold medication. After developing a new drug called Vira 38, Hensley allegedly believed he had found a remedy for bird flu. He began trying to advertise his new drug in Hong Kong, despite the fact that it hadn't gone through the proper channels of approval with the FDA.

Charges were brought against Hensley in an indictment in May, and he was arrested at his home in June. He is scheduled to be sentenced in November.