Feds charge NY wholesaler with selling diverted drugs

Federal authorities in New York have charged a drug wholesaler who they say sold $8 million worth of diverted drugs without pedigrees that tracked their authenticity. Peter Gavaris is accused of selling the medications through a shell company from 2006 to 2010, a charge he has denied, according to the Staten Island Advance. Citing court records, it says Gavaris shipped drugs to a Queens pharmacy in 2010 in bottles that had been tampered with. Drugmakers told authorities that his company was not one of their authorized distributors. Federal authorities have been making a number of cases against wholesalers they say have been selling drugs that have been stolen or diverted. William D. Rodriguez was recently sentenced to 10 years in prison after he pleaded guilty to conspiring with Altec Medical, a South Carolina-based drug wholesaler, to sell drugs that Rodriguez knew had been stolen or sometimes bought from people off the street. They forged pedigrees for the drugs. Authorities are also seeking $55 million from Rodriguez that they say he made from the scheme. Story | More

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