Tokyo dentist nabbed for allegedly selling gargle solutions by pitching coronavirus efficacy

Gargling solutions and other items seized by the Metropolitan Police Department are seen in this photo taken at Kojimachi Police Station in Tokyo’s Chiyoda Ward on Nov. 20, 2020. (Mainichi/Takuya Suzuki)

TOKYO — A 58-year-old dentist and three others were arrested for allegedly advertising and selling gargle solutions, which have not been approved as pharmaceutical products, as effective in countering the novel coronavirus.

The Metropolitan Police Department’s life environment division announced on Nov. 20 that it had arrested the four, including dentist Kiyoshi Amano from Tokyo’s Shibuya Ward, on suspicion of violating the Pharmaceutical and Medical Device Act.

It is conducting further investigations on the assumption that the four suspects sold the solutions to a total of 8,500 people between January and July via the internet and earned around 44 million yen (roughly $423,867).

The suspects are specifically accused of advertising on an online sales site four types of gargle solutions that have not been approved by the minister of Health, Labor and Welfare, including Periotreat, as “highly likely to have a sterilizing effect against the novel coronavirus,” and selling a total of 67 such items to five customers in Tokyo for some 150,000 yen (about $1,450). They are also accused of storing some 4,200 gargle items for the purpose of selling them.

According to the life environment section, Amano has told investigators, “The advertisement did not have contents violating the law. We didn’t sell them as pharmaceutical products.” The other three have also reportedly denied knowing their actions were illegal.

Papers accusing sales site operator Amano Dental, headed by Amano himself, of the same charges were also sent to prosecutors.

The gargle solutions originally cost about 700 yen (about $6.7) per 500-milliliter bottle, but were sold at around 2,000 yen (about $19.3) each on the website from January 2019. They had been advertised to have an effect against influenza, diabetes, esophageal cancer and other diseases, even since before the spread of the coronavirus.

Amano has appeared in newspapers, magazines, TV and other media as a dentist on topics including dental health and bad breath.

(Japanese original by Makoto Kakizaki and Takuya Suzuki, City News Department)

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Dentist sues city after NYPD allegedly accuse him of breaking into own office

A Black dentist in Manhattan was accused of breaking into his own office and now, he has a lawsuit against the city.

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The New York Post reports Dr. Benjamin Shirley said he was racially profiled back in March when NYPD officers stopped him around midnight. The 41-year-old was allegedly taking out the trash at his medical office when police accused him of breaking into the building. Law enforcement reportedly approached the entrance, shining their lights and demanding that Shirley identify himself. Using their loudspeaker, they threatened to break in after the dentist identified himself as the owner.

A $5 million notice of claim against the city said the two police officers “attempted to unlawfully gain entry to the building by force and repeatedly called [Shirley] threatening to destroy his property and enter with force if he did not come outside despite the fact that at all times, they lacked any probable cause or reasonable belief that [Shirley] had committed any crime,” according to The Post.

Scared, Dr. Shirley called 911 on his own as police were outside.

“I’m actually being harassed by the cops here,” Shirley said in the 911 call. “I’m pretty scared here. I’m working in my office and they shine the flashlight in my face.”

“I’m trying to ask them why they are bothering me, and he said he saw me walking in here,” he told the 911 operator. “They are asking me for my ID and I’m not doing anything … I don’t know if it’s because I’m African American.”

Dr. Shirley’s lawyer, Reza Rezvani, described the fearful incident to the news outlet.


“They were threatening to break in, they were threatening to break down the security equipment, they were threatening to break down the door and go inside,” said Rezvani. “Imagine how terrifying it is to have to call the police on the police and then to be met with no help.”

The lawyer told the Post that his client did not immediately go outside and engage with the officers because he was scared.

“It’s midnight, he’s Black, they are shining flashlights inside — that’s how you set up all kinds of bad things happening,” Rezvani said. “To casually walk out, it’s not possible in that scenario.”

After a half-hour passed, two more police officers arrived and the dentist eventually came to the door and displayed his identification, the Post reported. Only then did the cops exit the property.

“Despite the fact that [Shirley’s] state-issued identification lists the address of the location of incident, [Shirley] was forced to provide his identification to [the police officers] multiple times before they would agree to leave,” read the claim, according to the report.

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The claim is the first step to filing a lawsuit. According to the Post, Dr. Shirley included negligence, false arrest, unlawful detainment, illegal search and

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Parents in so-called ‘mom code’ allegedly refuse to get kids tested for COVID-19 to help keep schools open

The so-called “mom code” is allegedly being shared by some parents in Utah.

Health officials are sounding the alarm about a group of parents in Utah who are allegedly pledging to not have their children tested for COVID-19 in order to make infection numbers artificially appear lower.

The alleged push to avoid getting kids tested, dubbed the “mom code,” is seen in messages shared on Facebook urging parents to keep their child at home if they show COVID-19 symptoms, but to not get tested.

The messages are reportedly being shared among parents in Utah’s Davis School District, which oversees more than 73,000 students in Davis County, Utah.

“If there is a quarantine with a sports team or with any of the classrooms, they are encouraging each other not to have their children tested,” said Genevra Prothero, a parent in the school district, who fears community spread if the “mom code” is encouraged. “This is a time where we need to really focus on tracing the virus so we can be able to stop the spread.”

State health officials say it’s unknown how many parents are actually taking part in the alleged “mom code,” but warn that those who do could be contributing to the spread of COVID-19.

PHOTO: Facebook screenshots allegedly show parents discouraging testing for COVID-19.

Facebook screenshots allegedly show parents discouraging testing for COVID-19.

“Testing is a critical element of our response,” health officials told “Good Morning America” in a statement, in part. “Identifying cases …is a key strategy to limiting the spread of disease in our communities.”

Davis County currently has more than 8,000 reported cases of COVID-19. The state of Utah has more than 104,000 cases of COVID-19, according to state health data.

The United States is the worst-affected country, with more than 8.6 million diagnosed cases of COVID-19 and at least 225,230 deaths.

Emilie Daly, a mother of four young children, is running for the school board in Davis County. She told “GMA” that while she is not participating in the reported “mom code,” she can understand why some parents would.

“It’s not mandated to get tested, that’s the thing,” she said. “And so we need to remember that it is a choice and you need to make decisions based off of what you feel.”

The Davis School District did not reply to ABC News’ request for comment. ABC News also reached out to some of the parents allegedly involved in the so-called “mom code” and they also did not reply.

Students in the district are currently attending school on a varied, hybrid model of in-person and remote learning, according to the school district’s website.

The school district’s Board of Education last week released its quarantine protocols for students and staff, noting that in the case of a school outbreak, the classroom or school would enter a “14-day quarantine with students moving to remote learning.”

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Newborn Loses Several Organs After North Carolina Hospital Allegedly Inserts Feeding Tube Incorrectly

A mother has filed a lawsuit against a North Carolina hospital for allegedly making a mistake following her newborn baby’s heart surgery, which has left him “fighting for his life.”

Messiah was born with a heart condition in November last year. A few days after his birth, the boy underwent a surgery at the Atrium Health Carolinas Medical Center.

Following the surgery, the child had trouble taking the feeding bottle, and when the mother, Shytilya Springs, informed the hospital, they decided to insert a feeding tube. 

However, the boy’s condition got worse after it was discovered the tube had pierced his intestines and all the nutrition they had supplied to the child through the tube had leaked. This caused the boy to lose several organs.

The mother told WSOC-TV that the boy is “still fighting for his life” and said the hospital is at fault.

Springs has now filed a lawsuit against the hospital and the medical staff. She is suing them because she would need nearly $20 million to look after her son for the rest of his life. Springs also said that as of now, the boy can’t taste food or eat.

“Once you put all the food into his abdomen, you either increase the pressure which compromised blood flow or the chemical reaction between the food products and his intestines caused the tissue breakdown. So, his stomach and intestines became necrotic. Essentially, they died. It became necessary to remove them to save his life,” attorney Charles Monnett said in the lawsuit, the television station reported.

The hospital is yet to comment on the lawsuit. However, they did appear in court and denied all the allegations.

Meanwhile, the Duke University Hospital is trying to determine if the boy could undergo an intestinal transplant. It wasn’t clear if the mother approached the hospital.

“I want him to be better,” Springs told the television station. 

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