Detroit Pharmacy Technician Summarily Suspended for Diversion of Controlled Substances

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November 27, 2017 - The Dept. of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) served an order suspending the professional license of Detroit-based Pharmacy Technician Ikea Treadwell. The Michigan Public Health Code provides for summary suspension of licenses when the public health, safety, or welfare requires emergency action.

LARA also served an accompanying Administrative Complaint on Ms. Treadwell, alleging she participated in a scheme to process 36 fraudulent prescriptions through the pharmacy where she was employed. The complaint alleges that as a result of Ms. Treadwell’s conduct, thousands of tablets of commonly abused opioid and benzodiazepine medications were unlawfully dispensed. The controlled substances allegedly diverted have an estimated street value of $32,790. 

Governor Rick 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.  Accordingly, LARA created a permanent Drug Monitoring Section which focuses on identifying, investigating, and pursuing appropriate disciplinary actions against individuals who overprescribe or divert controlled substances, and individuals and facilities who over dispense controlled substances.

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.

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