Tainted Syringes Lead To Guilty Pleas

Two men have pleaded guilty for their roles in shipping bacteria-tainted syringes from a plant in North Carolina that are blamed for killing five people and sickening at least 100 others.

The News & Observer reported Tuesday that authorities are looking for the chief executive of the company that operated in Angier, a town about 20 miles south of Raleigh.

Plant manager Aniruddha Patel and quality control director Ravindra Kumar Sharma each were sentenced Monday to four years in prison for fraud and allowing tainted drugs into the marketplace.

The pair was helping authorities with information about CEO Dushyant Patel, whose AM2PAT company sold nearly $7 million worth of heparin and saline syringes in 2006-07. Patel was indicted last week on 10 charges and authorities say he may have fled to his native India.

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