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Whistle-Blower in Drug Dilution Scam Rewarded

November 23, 2001|From Times Wire Reports

The FBI has rewarded a doctor who triggered an investigation into a pharmacist who was accused of diluting chemotherapy medicine to pocket the profits.

Dr. Verda Hunter was given the FBI's 2001 Director's Community Leadership Award for initiating the criminal investigation into Robert Courtney, a pharmacist charged with diluting chemotherapy drugs for cancer patients.

Hunter triggered the federal investigation when she reported to the Food and Drug Administration that tests on drugs from Courtney's Kansas City pharmacy showed greatly reduced concentrations.

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