Southeast Michigan Pharmacist and Pharmacy's Controlled Substance License Summarily Suspended for Over Dispensing Controlled Substances

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October 10, 2018 – The Dept. of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) served orders summarily suspending the controlled substance license of Anson Pharmacy of Temperance and the pharmacist license of Lap Pan Chu, who is responsible for the pharmacy’s compliance with the Public Health Code. 

LARA also served accompanying administrative complaints on Anson and Chu detailing their alleged dispensing of controlled substances without good faith and a failure to maintain effective controls against diversion. The complaints further allege that an inspection of Anson Pharmacy found expired medications on shelves and inadequate records related to the dispensing of controlled substances.

Specifically, LARA’s investigation focused on the dispensing behavior of Chu and Anson from January 2016 to August 2018. During that period, it is alleged that:

  • Anson’s dispensing of oxymorphone 40 mg and oxymorphone (all strengths) escalated.
  • 40 percent of controlled substance prescriptions at Anson were paid for with cash. The national average of cash payments is 12 percent.
  • Licensee filled multiple prescriptions for a combination of oxycodone 30 mg and oxymorphone 40 mg authorized by physicians who had previously been disciplined for prescribing controlled substances for other than lawful or diagnostic purposes.
  • LARA identified 12 patients who were either filling prescriptions from multiple providers or traveling over 40 miles to fill prescriptions at Anson. Nine of the 12 patients were both filling prescriptions from multiple providers and traveling long distances to Anson.

The Michigan Public Health Code provides for summary suspension of licenses when the public health, safety, or welfare requires emergency action.

An order of summary suspension is a temporary measure to protect the public and not a final determination that a licensee has violated the Public Health Code.

LARA encourages all concerned residents, patients, parents and peers to file complaints against licensed health professionals who may allegedly be risking public health, safety or welfare.

LARA values and relies on complaints from patients and residents to spur investigations into licensed health professionals who are potentially violating the Public Health Code. Each and every complaint received by the department is reviewed and analyzed by LARA staff members.

For more information on filing a complaint with the department, visit Michigan.gov/BPL or review the Citizen’s Guide to Filing a Complaint.