ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) - A sales representative for a Virginia pharmaceutical company has pleaded guilty to her role 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., entered her plea Wednesday in federal court in Alexandria.
She is 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 that some of the imported drugs were not shipped under the proper temperature controls. Other shipments included packaging and instructions written in Turkish or other foreign languages.
A hearing is scheduled for another sales representative Wednesday afternoon.