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FBI Investigating Alleged Medication Tampering At Pharmacy


WILKES-BARRE – Officials with the Federal Bureau of Investigations confirmed with Newswatch 16 that agents are investigating an alleged case of tampering with children’s medication at a pharmacy in Luzerne County.

According to the FBI, a customer had recently purchased chewable children’s Advil from the Rite Aid on East Northampton Street in Wilkes-Barre and later discovered that the safety seal had been tampered with.

That customer told authorities that there were at least two different types of pills inside the bottle.

Investigators said the customer did not give the pills to her child.

A representative of Rite Aid released a statement, saying that the retail pharmacy chain has been notified about the alleged tampering.

“We have and will continue to cooperate fully with the authorities regarding this matter,” said Ashley Flower.

Officials with Pfizer told Newswatch 16 that the company is cooperating with the investigation.

“We have been informed of a suspected product tampering incident related to one bottle of Children’s Advil purchased from a Rite Aid store in the Wilkes-Barre,” said Steven Danehy. “Consumer safety is our highest priority and we stand by the quality and integrity of our products.”

Authorities said anyone who has made a similar discovery in the Wilkes-Barre area should report the incident to the FBI office in Scranton at 570-344-2404.

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