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Sales reps plead guilty in imported drugs case

Wednesday - 11/6/2013, 3:50pm  ET

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) -- Two sales representatives from a Virginia pharmaceutical company have pleaded guilty to their roles in a scheme to illegally import millions of dollars' worth in prescription drugs into the U.S.

Forty-nine-year-old Patricia Durr of Hopkinton, Mass., and 46-year-old Lisa Coroniti of Devon, Pa., entered pleas Wednesday in federal court in Alexandria.

The two are among 10 people charged in connection with a now-defunct Arlington company, Gallant Pharma International.

Authorities say Gallant imported cheap versions of chemotherapy and plastic surgery drugs from other countries into the U.S., circumventing federal rules on the importation and branding of prescription drugs.

Court papers indicate some of the imported drugs were not shipped under proper temperature controls. Other shipments included packaging and instructions written in Turkish or other foreign languages.

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