With Opioid Charges, DOJ Signals Compliance Fixation

By Alison Noon (April 30, 2019, 7:38 PM EDT) -- A logistics specialist who stumbled into pharmaceutical compliance is facing at least 10 years in prison for keeping quiet while his company doled out millions of doses of opioids to alleged pill mills, a stern warning from the U.S. Department of Justice to compliance officers in the crosshairs of the opioid epidemic.

Charging documents indicate that the compliance role was handed to businessman William Pietruszewski at Rochester Drug Co-Operative Inc. with little direction and no training. For years, he wore both the logistics and compliance hats.

Pietruszewski was charged last week with conspiracy to distribute narcotics, conspiracy to defraud and failing...

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