N.J. pharmacist arrested for selling stolen samples

November 16, 2007

A New Jersey pharmacist was arrested for illegal diversion for selling stolen sample medications.

A drug rep and pharmacist were arrested for selling stolen sample medications in a scheme that netted millions, according to a New Jersey prosecutor. William Stracher, owner of Sussman Drugs in Paterson, N.J., was arrested along with Luther Manning, a Wyeth Pharmaceuticals sales representative. The two men were netted as part of a larger investigation and more arrests are expected in the probe, which included investigators from the FDA, Department of Health, and local law enforcement. According to officials, Stracher used the profits from the scheme to purchase baseball memorabilia, including a bat signed by Roger Maris and Mickey Mantle. The collection will be auctioned.

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