Owners of an Oklahoma City clinic that promised customers could take back their sex lives have been put on probation for two years.
Michael Schlueter, president of The Oklahoma Male Clinic Inc., and Thomas Variola, vice president, also were fined $1,000 each.
Both pleaded guilty last year to a misdemeanor involving dispersing misbranded prescription drugs. U.S. District Judge David Russell sentenced them in March.
“One appointment will change your life forever,” The OK Male Clinic boasted on its website. “Bring Back the Romance For Good. Visit Our Clinic Today!”
The clinic was shut down after federal agents raided it in February 2012. It had been in operation about five months. Federal authorities reported the company purported to specialize in male sexual dysfunctions but operated illegally.
The company forfeited all of its remaining assets — $165,281 — to the federal government. It also pleaded guilty to a felony. “Employees misbranded drugs with the intent to defraud or mislead,” the company stated in its plea paperwork.
Schlueter, 53, lives in Florida. His attorney told the judge in a sentencing memo, “As a result of this action, he is unemployed as all of his clinics were shut down at the request of the government.”
Variola, 54, lives in Illinois and also is unemployed, the attorney said.
A typical customer at The OK Male Clinic had a severe dysfunction that could not be treated by well-known drugs such as Viagra, a U.S. Food and Drug Administration agent reported last year.
“The patient may or may not meet with a doctor or nurse practitioner who conducts a rudimentary and basic examination,” the agent wrote. “The doctor or nurse practitioner does not diagnose the customer or offer further consultation. Medical technicians and/or other unlicensed staff take different blood and other samples from the patient to be sent off for analysis.”
In the typical scenario described by the agent, the customer had to return to the clinic to pick up a prescription that was filled by an out-of-of state pharmacy.
“The patient is then given a sales pitch from staff ... about different products offered within the clinic to help with the disorder, often at prices well beyond retail,” the agent wrote.
Doctor not involved
“Former employees have advised that at no time is the doctor or physician assistant involved in the treatment plan at the clinic.”
The agent reported that customers frequently returned to the clinic because the initial medication failed, and they then were offered what was called “re-doses” — a mixture of four drugs.
“Former employees have described the process of simply taking a syringe and withdrawing the desired amount from each bottle on the shelf.
No exact measurements are taken. Instead, the measurements are based on estimations,” the agent wrote.