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

Media Contact: LARA Communications 517-373-9280
Email: mediainfo@michigan.gov|

August 23, 2018 – The Dept. of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) served orders summarily suspending the controlled substance license of Pharmacy 4 Less II of Detroit and the pharmacist license of Belief Aghoghome Emadamerho, who is responsible for the pharmacy’s compliance with the Public Health Code. 

LARA also served accompanying administrative complaints on Pharmacy 4 Less II and Emadamerho detailing their alleged dispensing of controlled substances without good faith and a failure to maintain effective controls against diversion.
LARA analyzed the pharmacy’s dispensing data between January 1, 2016 and March 31, 2018 and discovered that a large percentage of the prescriptions filled by the pharmacy came from prescribers who have been recently disciplined by the State of Michigan, federally indicted, or are under investigation for overprescribing or healthcare fraud.

Further review of data from the Michigan Automated Prescription System (MAPS) determined that the pharmacy was the highest-ranked dispenser of Oxycodone 30 mg in the first quarter of 2018.

Additionally, LARA conducted an unannounced inspection of Pharmacy 4 Less II on June 5, 2018 and discovered:

  • Expired drugs in the active inventory.
  • No signed controlled substance logs since April 17, 2018 which is a violation of the Code of Federal Regulations.
  • No driveway, parking or exterior signage indicating that the building housed a pharmacy. The interior of the pharmacy was in various stages of construction.
  • The pharmacy did not have an occupancy permit from the City of Detroit due to one or more failed inspections.

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 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 professional licensing staff.

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