SCRANTON — Federal prosecutors charged a Wilkes-Barre woman with tampering a bottle of children’s medication that was purchased from the Rite Aid Pharmacy on East Northampton Street in August.
Yolanda Holman, 35, was charged with tampering with a consumer product that affected interstate commerce. She has agreed to plead guilty to the charge, according to federal court records filed Friday.
U.S. Attorney Peter Smith said Holman on Aug. 23 intentionally tainted a bottle of non-prescription children’s pain reliever with prescription pills and other medication and caused it to be taken to a retail store in Wilkes-Barre as a returned item.
Court papers that charged Holman did not identify the store or type of children’s medication.
Rite Aid spokesman Ashley Flower said in August that the pharmacy cooperated with authorities, and children’s chewable Advil tablets were pulled from shelves from Rite Aid stores in the Wilkes-Barre area.
Police said a mother purchased a bottle of children’s chewable Advil for her daughter who had an arm injury. She opened the box in her car and thought it was odd that the tablets were shifting in the bottle.
When the mother arrived home, she discovered the seal on the bottle ws broken and two different pills, neither of which were chewable Advil. The woman claimed there were 16 muscle relaxer pills and several unmarked, round green pills in the bottle.
Holman could face up to 10 years in prison and a fine of $250,000. A sentencing date has not been scheduled.