Feds: Pharmacy Ignored Red Flags When Filling Prescriptions

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Federal prosecutors say they’ve suspended a West Virginia pharmacy’s registration for improperly dispensing prescription drugs.

U.S. Attorney Mike Stuart announced the suspension against Oak Hill Hometown Pharmacy on Thursday.

Stuart says the pharmacy filled about 2,000 prescriptions for a widely-misused drug called Subutex over a three-year period despite red flags that the pills were being misused. He says more than half of the prescriptions came from an out-of-state clinic and that almost all prescriptions were paid for in cash.

Stuart says the pharmacy constitutes an “imminent danger to the public health or safety.”

The Drug Enforcement Administration says Subutex is used to treat opioid addiction but has gained popularity as a drug of misuse.

A phone call to the Oak Hill Hometown Pharmacy rang unanswered Thursday.