Federal Drug Trafficking Charges Filed Against Rochester Drug Cooperative And Two Executives

A pharmaceutical distributor is facing federal drug trafficking charges over the opioid crisis for the first time.  Federal prosecutors have charged Rochester Drug Cooperative (RDC) and two former executives with “conspiring to distribute and defrauding the government.”  RDC, the sixth-largest drug distributor in the nation, has agreed to pay a $20 million fine to settle the civil and criminal charges against them.  RDC will also need to comply with the controlled substances law and submit to five years of supervision by an independent monitor.  As part of the agreement, RDC also had to admit that it “intentionally violated federal narcotics laws by shipping dangerous, highly addictive opioids to pharmacies, knowing that the prescription medicines were being sold and used illicitly.”

“We made mistakes,” company spokesman Jeff Eller said in a statement. “And RDC understands that these mistakes, directed by former management, have serious consequences.”

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