N.J. prosecutor investigates R.Ph. for selling samples

May 7, 2007

A 72-year-old pharmacist, Sanford Kessler of Alvin's Pharmacy in Teaneck, N.J., has been charged with illegally selling sample medications to the public. Kessler has denied the charges.

A 72-year-old pharmacist, Sanford Kessler of Alvin's Pharmacy in Teaneck, N.J., has been charged with illegally selling sample medications to the public. Kessler has denied the charges. Also charged in the case was Michael Casapulla, a Bellco Health salesman who supplied the samples to Kessler. The charges came after a two-month investigation by the FDA and the Bergen County prosecutor's office. According to a report in the Star-Ledger, on at least two occasions Casapulla delivered sample medications to Kessler, who then removed the packaging clearly labeled "Not for resale" and brought the medications to the pharmacy for sale to the public. Initially, the prosecutor also alleged that Kessler had sold expired medications but that charge was later retracted.

 

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