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Spring pharmacist pays record fine

2:07 PM Mon, Mar 31, 2008 |
Adrienne
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A Spring pharmacist has paid a $600,000 fine to resolve alleged violations of the Comprehensive Drug Abuse Prevention and Control Act.

Thomas Clark came under DEA scrutiny after the I-10 East Pharmacy made excessive purchase of drugs — specifically hydrocodone, alprazolam and oxycontin.
The audit confirmed I-10 East Pharmacy and Clark’s failure to keep adequate records, as required by the Comprehensive Drug Abuse Prevention and Control Act of 1970, revealing major overages and shortages in the accountability of controlled substances.
Investigators revealed Clark allegedly unlawfully dispensed controlled substances in excess of 20,000 prescriptions for a variety of hydrocodone and alprazolam products, under an invalid DEA number from Feb. 1, 2006 to Jan. 29, 2007.
Clark agreed to pay the fine without an admission of liability and without litigation. He also agreed to a voluntary revocation of his pharmacist license.



4 Comments

bill rice said:

a fine? The guy should have spent time
in prison.


Mandy S. said:

I agree. He should have spent time in prison! That’s what happens when you get CAUGHT with illegal perscription narcotics…it’s a felony charge! Expecially being a PHARMACIST?! I work at a Psychiatric Facility in the Houston area, and the majority of our patients, are recovering Alprazolam and Codiene addicts. These drugs are WAY too easy to obtain, and it is ruining the lives of so many troubled individuals. In order to solve the problem, we have to start at the source!

George Corwin said:

This individual should serve time. Merely paying a fine and not serving time in a “real” prison is not much of a deterrent.

jsknow said:

This is why regulation works and prohibition doesn’t. Prohibition has never worked. We’re building 900 new prison beds and hiring 150 more correction officers every two weeks. We arrest someone on a drug charge every 17 seconds. We jail more people than any nation. We spend $69 billion a year on the drug war. In 1914 when all drugs were legal 1.3% of our population was addicted to drugs, today 1.3% of our population is STILL addicted to drugs. Over 100,000 people have been killed because of the drug war. The only way to control drugs is to regulate them and end the profits available to criminals just like ending alcohol prohibition did. There‚Äôs only been one drug success story in history, tobacco, hands down the most deadly and one of the most addictive drugs. Almost half the users quit because of REGULATION, ACCURATE INFORMATION AND MEDICAL TREATMENT. No one went to jail and no one got killed. JOIN EMAIL LIST – WATCH VIDEOS:
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