Firm Halting Sales of Dietary Supplement at Heart of McDonnell Trial

The dietary supplement maker at the center of a federal trial of former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife says it's halting sales of its product called Anatabloc.

Rock Creek Pharmaceuticals Inc. said Monday it is voluntarily stopping sales while it sorts out issues with the Food and Drug Administration.

That company was known as Star Scientific until early June. It has changed more than its name: It has also changed the composition of the Company's board of directors, appointed a new team of executive officers and moved its headquarters to Florida.

The former Virginia governor and his wife are on trial right now, charged with accepting gifts and loans from Star Scientific's former CEO in exchange for promoting his products, particularly Anatabloc.

Last year, the federal agency sent a warning letter to the company known as Star Scientific saying that its products contain a new dietary ingredient that requires approval before it can be marketed.

The agency also said the company's website had improperly promoted Anatabloc as a drug by suggesting it can be used to treat various diseases.

Rock Creek has a new website that focuses on its research.

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