NJ Pharmaceutical Company Employees Sentenced to Prison for Selling Drug Samples, Defrauding Schering-Plough

NJ Pharmaceutical Company Employees Sentenced to Prison for Selling Drug Samples, Defrauding Schering-Plough

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NEWARK - Two former employees of major New Jersey pharmaceutical companies were sentenced today for the illegal sale of nearly $300,000 in prescription drug samples to pharmacies in New Jersey and Florida, as well as a separate scheme to defraud Schering-Plough Corp. of more than $500,000, U.S. Attorney Christopher J. Christie announced. U.S. District Judge Faith S. Hochberg sentenced former Schering-Plough employee Alexander Best, 35, of Lincoln Park, to 16 months in prison and ordered him to pay $547,331 in restitution to Schering-Plough. Former Novartis sales representative Philip Zamloot, 35, also of Lincoln Park, was sentenced to 12 months in prison and ordered to pay $156,997 in restitution to Schering-Plough. In their guilty pleas, they admitted paying pharmaceutical sales representatives to steal prescription drug samples from their inventory and from the doctors they visited. Zamloot also stole drug samples from the physicians he visited. Zamloot and Best then removed the packaging, or “shucked,” the pills, placed them in plastic bags, and sold them in bulk to a pharmacist in Paterson and two pharmacists in Florida. Investigators calculated that the three pharmacists paid Best and Zamloot approximately $294,000 for prescription drug samples between 2001 and 2003.