- Associated Press - Thursday, July 7, 2016

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - A New Jersey-based pharmaceutical company has pleaded guilty to charges stemming from the sale of ultrasound gel contaminated with bacteria that infected more than a dozen patients.

NJ.com reports (https://bit.ly/29vW6M4 ) Pharmaceutical Innovations Inc. pleaded guilty on Wednesday to introducing adulterated medical devices into interstate commerce and was placed on two years of probation. The firm has also been fined $50,000 and ordered to forfeit another $50,000.

Federal prosecutors say the firm shipped defective products that were contaminated with bacteria that infected at least 16 patients.

Authorities say Pharmaceutical Innovations also agreed to settle a civil suit that calls for the company to destroy products that tested high for infectious bacteria.

Company officials say they’re committed to manufacturing products in compliance with applicable regulations.

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Information from: NJ Advance Media.

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