'Operation Pill Scam' Nets Felons in Drug Scheme
Ropp, Kevin L., FDA Consumer
Two pharmacists and a drug manufacturer's sales representative were recently sentenced for diverting prescription drugs and samples in violation of the Prescription Drug Marketing Act.
The sentencing, in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin, is the first in which jail terms were imposed for this felony.
Virgil Lee, a pharmacist for the Mayo Clinic's St. Mary's Hospital, Rochester, Minn., was sentenced Dec. 17, 1993, to 14 months in jail, three years' probation, restitution to the hospital of $95, 288.30, and a $5,000 fine. He had pleaded guilty Oct. 21, 1993, to unlawfully removing and diverting the prescription drugs Zantac and Calan from the hospital's pharmacy and …
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Publication information: Article title: 'Operation Pill Scam' Nets Felons in Drug Scheme. Contributors: Ropp, Kevin L. - Author. Magazine title: FDA Consumer. Volume: 28. Issue: 7 Publication date: September 1994. Page number: 29+. © 1999 U.S. Government Printing Office. COPYRIGHT 1994 Gale Group.
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