Flint Pharmacy Summarily Suspended for Over Dispensing Controlled Substances
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August 10, 2017 - The Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) served an order suspending the license to dispense controlled substances of All American Pharmacy LLC, in Flint, MI. The Michigan Public Health Code provides for summary suspension of licenses when the public health, safety, or welfare requires emergency action.
Michigan law requires pharmacists to exercise professional judgment and dispense controlled substances in “good faith” by taking into consideration things such as unusual dosages, frequency of prescriptions for the same drug by one prescriber for a large number of patients, and unusual geographic distances between patient, pharmacist, and prescriber.
LARA served an administrative complaint on All American, alleging All American failed to maintain effective controls against diversion of controlled substances and dispensed controlled substances without good faith, contrary to Michigan law.
The complaint also alleges that All American was among the highest-volume dispensers in Michigan of commonly abused and diverted controlled substances such as alprazolam, carisoprodol, and codeine/promethazine cough syrup, and that All American dispensed controlled substances prescriptions for numerous physicians later disciplined for overprescribing.
LARA also served an administrative complaint and an order suspending the pharmacist license of All American’s pharmacist-in-charge, John Stephen Lind, R.Ph., who is responsible for All American’s compliance with the Public Health Code.
Governor Snyder’s Michigan Prescription Drug and Opioid Abuse Task Force called for a more comprehensive enforcement program against licensed health professionals and facilities who participate in overprescribing and over dispensing.
“The oversupply of medically unnecessary controlled substances continues to fuel the opioid crisis,” said LARA Director, Shelly Edgerton. “We will continue to shut down overprescribing professionals and anyone who enables them by unlawfully dispensing.”
For more information on disciplinary actions taken by the health professional licensing boards within LARA, please go to http://www.michigan.gov/healthlicense. For more information about LARA, please visit www.michigan.gov/lara.