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Sales reps for a Va. company plead guilty in scheme to illegally import prescription drugs

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – Two sales representatives from a northern Virginia pharmaceutical company have pleaded guilty to roles in a scheme to illegally import millions of dollars’ worth of prescription drugs into the U.S.

Forty-nine-year-old Patricia Durr of Hopkinton, Mass., and 46-year-old Lisa Coroniti of Devon, Pa., entered pleas Wednesday in federal court in Alexandria.

The two were among 10 people charged in connection with Gallant Pharma International, a now-defunct company in Arlington, a Virginia suburb of Washington.

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 some of the imported drugs were not shipped under proper temperature controls. They said other shipments included packaging and instructions written in foreign languages.