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August 21, 2001 | From Times Wire Reports
A wealthy Kansas City pharmacist accused of watering down chemotherapy drugs for profit was ordered held without bond. Robert Courtney, 48, is charged with dispensing misbranded and adulterated chemotherapy drugs. The FBI has raised the possibility of homicide charges if the dilutions are linked to any deaths. Authorities say tests on drugs mixed at Courtney's pharmacy showed quantities of between less than 1% and 39% of the drugs that had been prescribed.
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.
April 10, 1987
The driver of a bus that plunged into the Walker River last May killing 21 elderly passengers from Santa Monica was bound over to Mono County Superior Court for trial. Ernst August Klimeck, 48, waived preliminary hearing before Bridgeport Justice Court Judge William Murano on 21 felony manslaughter counts, 21 misdemeanor manslaughter counts, and one count each of driving without proper licensing, driving left of a double yellow line and driving on the wrong side of the road.
May 5, 1987
The driver of a tour bus that plunged into a rushing Sierra Nevada river last May 30 pleaded innocent in Bridgeport to manslaughter charges in the deaths of 21 elderly passengers. Ernst Klimeck, 48, probably will not face trial because a plea bargain is being negotiated, according to defense attorney Robert Courtney. The Starline Sightseeing Tours bus plunged off U.S.
October 8, 2002 | Reuters
Drug makers Eli Lilly & Co. and Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. settled claims that they knew or should have known that a Kansas City, Mo., pharmacist was diluting cancer drugs. The companies did not disclose the terms. A spokesman for Indianapolis-based Lilly would not say whether there was a financial component to the settlement, but he said the settlement would not have a material effect on the company.
August 7, 2002 | Associated Press
Internal documents show two drug companies knew a pharmacist was diluting cancer drugs as long as three years before his arrest, according to a motion filed by patients' attorneys. The motion said neither Eli Lilly & Co. nor Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. contacted the government about its discovery about Robert Courtney. The former Kansas City, Mo., pharmacist pleaded guilty in February to 20 federal criminal charges of tampering with, adulterating and misbranding chemotherapy medications.
October 11, 2002 | From Times Wire Reports
A jury awarded $2.2 billion to a cancer patient whose pharmacist watered down her chemotherapy drugs. Georgia Hayes brought the first of more than 400 lawsuits against former pharmacist Robert R. Courtney. The award consists of $2 billion in punitive damages and more than $225 million in actual damages. Courtney pleaded guilty earlier this year to diluting the chemotherapy drugs he prepared for Hayes and other cancer patients. He faces as much as 30 years in federal prison.
August 28, 2001 | From Times Wire Reports
Lawsuits filed in Kansas City allege that a pharmacist and drug maker Eli Lilly and Co. were responsible for several deaths stemming from the pharmacist's alleged weakening of chemotherapy drugs. Robert R. Courtney pleaded not guilty in federal court to 20 felony counts of altering the drugs Gemzar and Taxol. His trial is scheduled for Oct. 1.
August 16, 2001 | From Times Wire Reports
A wealthy pharmacist in Kansas City accused of diluting chemotherapy drugs surrendered to the FBI as investigators studied his records page by page to find patients who may have been given weakened treatments for cancer. Authorities said some intravenous drug bags contained less than 1% of the dosages ordered by doctors. Robert R. Courtney, 48, is accused of diluting prescriptions for Taxol and Gemzar filled at his Research Medical Tower Pharmacy in Kansas City.
March 8, 2002 | From Associated Press
A judge refused Thursday to drop two pharmaceutical giants from scores of wrongful-death lawsuits stemming from the case of a pharmacist who watered down chemotherapy drugs given to cancer patients. Eli Lilly and Co. and Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. argued that they were not liable for Robert Courtney's tampering with the drugs Gemzar and Taxol, made by Lilly and Squibb, respectively. But Jackson County Circuit Court Judge Lee E.
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