Medicine Shoppe Pharmacy Loses License

Contact: T.J. Bucholz (517) 241-2112
Agency: Community Health

October 19, 2004

The Michigan Department of Community Health (MDCH) has summarily suspended the pharmacy license of the Medicine Shoppe in Hancock, Michigan.

The MDCH Bureau of Health Professions orders a summary suspension when it believes that the public’s health, safety, and welfare warrant emergency action.

The suspension is a result of audits of controlled substances that revealed significant shortages of OxyContin, Percocet and Percodan, and the Medicine Shoppe’s failure to report to the DCH the loss of the controlled substances and required by the Public Health Code.

On October 11, 2004, MDCH issued an order immediately suspending the Medicine Shoppe’s license pursuant to the Public Health Code. The Public Health Code states that the Department shall seize all controlled substances owned or possessed by the Medicine Shoppe at the time of the summary suspension pending completion of these proceedings. An administrative hearing will be scheduled to address the status of the Medicine Shoppe’s pharmacy license.

For more information on disciplinary actions taken by the health professional licensing boards within MDCH, please go to, and click on Health Systems and Licensing.