Online Pharmacy Charge with Selling Large Quantities of Controlled Substances
Federal and state agents on Monday raided Oklahoma-based Mainstreet Pharmacy, which operates nationpharmacy.com, in response to complaints that the pharmacy sold "alarming quantities" of "controlled dangerous drugs," the Daily Oklahoman reports. The agencies seized drugs and served pharmacy owner Clayton Fuchs with nine counts, including employing doctors to write prescriptions of "large quantities" of controlled drugs such as Valium and an addictive cough medicine and distributing controlled drugs over the Internet at a "grossly disproportionate" price (Colberg, Daily Oklahoman, 3/6). Another count alleges that the pharmacy sold "controlled dangerous substance prescriptions" to customers in Texas, California and other states without obtaining proper state licensing (Colberg, Daily Oklahoman, 3/7). Other charges claim that the pharmacy "coordinated the preparation and shipping" of 1,651 prescriptions of "controlled dangerous" substances during a one-week period four months ago, and that the pharmacy has been filling up to 800 prescriptions of controlled substances per day. Complaints against Mainstream Pharmacy and Fuchs will go before the Oklahoma State Board of Pharmacy on March 15. The board could fine the pharmacy and Fuchs $500 for each count (Daily Oklahoman, 3/6).This is part of the California Healthline Daily Edition, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.