Bowen had previously been out on bail in the case, but after prosecutors complained he was continuing to sell his products they filed a successful motion to have him taken into custody until the start of his trial, which is scheduled for Nov. 27. They also filed a second indictment earlier this month against him and Autumn Toth, who the document states lives with him, and works at Asepsis Inc. out of their San Dimas apartment. Toth will be arraigned on Monday for the charges in the second indictment, according to Thom Mrozek, a Department of Justice spokesman. Charges in the second indictment include conspiracy, contempt, mail fraud and several charges involving distributing an unlawful medical device. The charges stem from Bowen’s insistence on continuing to sell the devices, said Mrozek. “This detention order is necessary because of (Bowen’s) continued flouting of federal law,” he said. LOS ANGELES – A San Dimas man accused of selling dental products that are not approved by the Federal Drug Administration has been taken into custody on suspicion of refusing to stop selling the items. John Bowen, 71, owner of Asepsis Inc., was indicted in federal court in February 2006 on 11 counts of interstate shipments of adulterated medical devices, one count of refusing to allow the FDA to inspect his warehouse and seven counts of contempt of court for continuing to sell his SteriSafe devices after being ordered to stop. He was arrested Monday, officials said. The devices, which clean dental equipment such as drills, were never approved by the FDA, despite Bowen’s attempts to register them. Shaun Khojayan, Bowen’s lawyer, says he plans to challenge the detention. “Mr. Bowen thinks what is happening to him is unfair,” said Khojayan. Bowen’s court troubles date back to 1998, when he first received the injunction to stop selling his products without FDA approval. According to court documents, prosecutors in the case accuse him of continuing to sell his products in a “clandestine” manner, and making unauthorized health claims, including marketing his equipment sterilization products as a way to prevent transmission of AIDS. Bowen also pitched his product to tattoo parlors and medical centers that deal with HIV patients, according to letters that are exhibited as evidence in the case. “The sharps disposal system that Asepsis has developed is based on the idea that the earlier infected HIV/AIDS sharps and medical waste can be decontaminated,” wrote Bowen to a pharmaceutical company in a sales pitch letter. Bowen had customers all over California, according to court documents, including dental offices in West Covina and Upland. He sought FDA approval for his products back in 1994 but had it rejected for not demonstrating that the products “worked reliably and consistently to accomplish sterilization,” according to FDA letters included as court evidence. In an interview a month after the original indictment was served in March 2006, Bowen called the case a “witch hunt” and insisted his products worked. “Our product solves a problem in dentistry, and they know it works,” Bowen said, referring to the FDA. “I’ve lived for eight years now not knowing if a knock on the door would be from the FDA, the Department of Justice, or people who would put handcuffs on me.” [email protected] (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2105160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!