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Rochester Drug Cooperative no longer selling opioids

Former Rochester Drug Co-Operative CEO Laurence Doud III stands outside US. District Court in Manhattan, Tuesday, April 23, 2019, in New York. Photo: AP Photo/Kathy Willens. Former Rochester Drug Co-Operative CEO Laurence Doud III stands outside US. District Court in Manhattan, Tuesday, April 23, 2019, in New York.

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Updated: January 14, 2020 11:35 AM
Created: January 14, 2020 11:31 AM

ROCHESTER, N.Y (WHEC) — A local company at the center of a federal criminal investigation will no longer sell controlled drugs to pharmacies.

Rochester Drug Cooperative (RDC), the 6th largest drug distributor in the U.S., made the announcement Tuesday.

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"The ever-increasing expenses associated with the legal and regulatory compliance for this segment of drugs are simply not sustainable," the company said in a statement. 

Federal prosecutors charged the company's former CEO, Laurence Doud III, in April. According to the indictment, Doud broke federal laws to sell significant amounts of pain killers like oxycodone and fentanyl to independent pharmacies whose dubious practices got them cut off by other distributors.

When RDC's largest customer went from buying 70,000 units of oxycodone per month in October 2012 to more than 200,000 units per month a year later, Doud overruled his own compliance officers and ordered that the pills keep flowing because it was a "big account," the indictment said.

RDC will continue distributing all other healthcare products.


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