Ex-Bolar official pleads guilty to rigging drug tests

December 13, 1990|By Kelly Gilbert | Kelly Gilbert,Evening Sun Staff

Bolar Pharmaceutical Co.'s former regulatory affairs manager has pleaded guilty to federal criminal charges for rigging tests of a lucrative generic hypertension drug so the U.S. Food and Drug Administration would approve it for public sale.

The defendant, Gloria H. Schetlick, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Baltimore yesterday to false statement and obstruction of justice charges.

Prosecutors alleged that Schetlick mislabeled Bolar drug samples so they would pass FDA-required "bioequivalency" tests, submitted the bogus test results to the FDA for approvals and lied to agency officials in a later attempt to hide the test rigging.

Schetlick, 35, of North Plainfield, N.J., is the second former Bolar official to be convicted of obstruction of justice for acts tied to the company's efforts to produce and sell Triamterene Hydrochlorizide, a Dyazide substitute. Bolar sold $140 million worth of the capsules between August 1987 and January 1990, when the FDA halted its production. Breckinridge L. Willcox, the U.S. attorney for Maryland, said Schetlick is cooperating with the government in a "continuing investigation of misconduct at Bolar" by prosecutors in Willcox's office and the Justice Department's Office of Consumer Litigation.

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