mis·​brand | \ ˌmis-ˈbrand How to pronounce misbrand (audio) \
misbranded; misbranding; misbrands

Definition of misbrand

transitive verb

: to brand falsely or in a misleading way specifically : to label in violation of statutory requirements

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In 2007, the parent company of Purdue pleaded guilty to a federal felony charge of misbranding OxyContin with the intent to defraud or mislead. Colin Moynihan, New York Times, "Large-Scale Art Protest Outside OxyContin Maker Ends in Arrest," 22 June 2018 In 2007, Purdue and three of its executives pleaded guilty to federal charges of misbranding drugs — and were forced to pay a $635 million fine. Eric Levitz, Daily Intelligencer, "Purdue Pharma Knew Its Opioids Were Widely Abused by Late ’90s," 29 May 2018 Under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act, knowingly misbranding customers on menu items is a criminal offense punishable by imprisonment of up to one year and a fine of up to $1,000. Fox News, "Government's war on pizza? Looming ObamaCare menu rule has restaurant owners worried," 25 Apr. 2018 A month later, a study published in JAMA revealed that products marketed as SARMs were frequently misbranded and tainted with unlisted ingredients. Anahad O’connor, New York Times, "A Better Body in a Pill? Experts Urge Caution on SARMs," 12 Apr. 2018 In 2007, Purdue’s parent company pleaded guilty to a federal felony charge of misbranding the drug, which prosecutors said was marketed as less addictive, less subject to abuse and less likely to cause withdrawal than other painkillers. Colin Moynihan, New York Times, "Opioid Protest at Met Museum Targets Donors Connected to OxyContin," 10 Mar. 2018 The company's top lawyer, former president and former chief medical pleaded guilty to misbranding the drug. Phil Mccausland, NBC News, "OxyContin maker Purdue to stop promoting opioids in light of epidemic," 10 Feb. 2018 Shane Matthews, who starred at quarterback at Florida in the early 1990s, pleaded guilty last week to a misdemeanor charge of misbranding a drug while held for sale. Andy Staples, SI.com, "Two Former Florida Football Players Convicted in Fraud Case," 5 Feb. 2018 In 2007, the company and three executives pleaded guilty to misbranding OxyContin and agreed to pay $634.5 million to resolve a separate Justice Department investigation. Fortune, "The State of New Jersey Is Suing the Maker of OxyContin," 31 Oct. 2017

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1892, in the meaning defined above

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transitive verb
mis·​brand | \ mis-ˈbrand How to pronounce misbrand (audio) \

Legal Definition of misbrand

: to brand (as a food item or drug) falsely or in a misleading way specifically : to label in violation of statutory requirements

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