For First Time, Pharmaceutical Distributor Faces Federal Criminal Charges Over Opioid Crisis – The New York Times

Mr. Kinney signed a deferred prosecution agreement, in which the company effectively admitted to committing the crimes. The agreement, along with a civil consent decree, were both approved by the judge.

Together, the agreement and the decree will allow the company to continue operating and set standards for its conduct, as well as providing for continued oversight, according to a court document.

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

State and federal authorities have struggled to hold the distributors accountable, and the lawsuits say that despite signing consent decrees and paying fines, the companies have continued to ship thousands of doses of opioids to troubled pharmacies.

It was not immediately clear whether other distributors were under investigation.

The two former Rochester officials also charged in the case were Laurence F. Doud III, who had served as chief executive, and William Pietruszewski, the former chief of compliance, several people with knowledge of the matter said.

Mr. Doud was expected to surrender to D.E.A. agents and to appear in United States District Court in Manhattan later Tuesday.

Robert C. Gottlieb, a lawyer for Mr. Doud, said he would not comment until he had had a chance to review the charges against his client. Mr. Pietruszewski’s lawyer could not immediately be reached for comment.


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