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L.A. businesses accused of practicing medicine without a license

Several business owners in Westlake and East Hollywood have been charged with practicing medicine without a license after two victims became sick and had to be hospitalized.

The Los Angeles city attorney’s office began an undercover investigation of Excellent Nutrition, J&R Beauty Supply earlier this year soon after a woman and her son visited the business complaining of flu-like symptoms.

The woman was prescribed an injection made up of a mix of penicillin and eucalyptus extract by a man identified as Miguel Juarez. The mother immediately suffered an allergic reaction; she was trembling and had trouble breathing.

Rather than call an ambulance, a woman at the business identified as Rosaura Juarez rushed her to the hospital. A week later, the son was admitted after vomiting and suffering chronic stomach pain.

Following an undercover investigation, officers with the Los Angeles Police Department, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department and other agencies obtained arrest warrants and seized hundreds of drugs, including controlled substances, and a large amount of cash from the businesses, including: Excellent Nutrition, J&R Beauty Supply in Westlake, Vitamin Zone in Westlake and Good Nutrition in East Hollywood.

Nine people have been charged with illegally selling dangerous drugs and praticing medicine without a license. Each violation carries a maxium sentence of one year in jail and a fine of $5,000 to $10,000.

"The unlicensed practice of medicine and dispensing of medicines and illicit drugs poses a serious threat to our most vulnerable residents,” City Attorney Carmen Trutanich said in a statement. “Especially the elderly and young children.”

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