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

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November 26, 2018 –The Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) served orders summarily suspending the controlled substance license of People Pharmacy LLC of Detroit and the pharmacist license of Anthony Olusegun Akande, who is responsible for the pharmacy’s compliance with the Public Health Code. The Michigan Public Health Code provides for summary suspension of licenses when the public health, safety, or welfare requires emergency action.

LARA also served accompanying administrative complaints on People and Akande detailing their alleged dispensing of controlled substances without good faith and a failure to maintain effective controls against diversion.

LARA’s complaint specifically alleges that People Pharmacy LLC was a top dispenser of high-strength oxycodone and oxymorphone and repeatedly dispensed dangerous combinations of medications to patients. The complaint further alleges that an inspection of People Pharmacy found shortages of several commonly abused and diverted controlled substances and insufficient record-keeping for controlled substance inventories and logs.

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.

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