Gregory A. Brower, Featured Expert Contributor, White Collar Crime & Corporate Compliance
Gregory A. Brower is a Shareholder with Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, LLP in Las Vegas, NV and Washington, DC, and a member of Washington Legal Foundation’s Legal Policy Advisory Board.
Federal prosecutors in the Southern District of New York unveiled the unprecedented criminal charges against a major drug distributor and two senior company executives. For the first time, prosecutors deployed federal criminal laws typically used to charge street dealers and major traffickers against an otherwise legal pharmaceutical company and its executives. The alleged illegal criminal conduct spans almost a decade during which time the company, Rochester Drug Co-Operative (“RDC”), saw its sale of oxycodone increase almost tenfold to 42 million doses in 2016. The indictment alleges that top company officials “made the deliberate decision” to not investigate and alert federal regulators to what they knew were pharmacy sales of their products to people who wanted them for nonmedical uses. Continue reading “Department of Justice Announces First-of-its-Kind Prosecution of Opioid Distributor”