Former VA pharmacists acknowledge ethics violation
BOISE, Idaho (AP) -- Two former pharmacists at the Boise VA Medical Center have reached plea agreements after being charged with an ethics violation for providing information on the use of a drug to a marketing company.
Federal court records indicate 47-year-old Gregory F. Cravens and 75-year-old Rodney Simon received more than $46,000 from Market Strategies International between 2005 and 2009 in purported reimbursement for travel expenses, some of which were also paid by the VA.
The Idaho Statesman reports the men were being paid for giving Marketing Strategies information about the VA's use of the drug Epogen, which helps the body produce red blood cells.
It is illegal for a federal government employees to receive outside compensation for their government service. The plea agreement calls for the men to be placed on probation.
Information from: Idaho Statesman, http://www.idahostatesman.com