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Ex-operator of WVa pharmacy fined in prescription case

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The operator of a former pharmacy in southern West Virginia has agreed to pay a $250,000 fine to settle federal allegations that it illegally filled prescriptions of controlled substances.

Mountaineer Drug Inc. stopped operating a pharmacy in the Boone County community of Whitesville in October 2019 during the ongoing federal investigation, prosecutors said in a news release Monday.

From 2015 to 2019, the pharmacy filled prescriptions that were not written for legitimate medical purposes in violation of the Controlled Substances Act, the statement said.

“As our nation reels from a staggering rise in overdose deaths, the Drug Enforcement Administration remains committed to stopping those unscrupulous medical professionals who put personal greed above patient care,” said Special Agent in Charge Todd Scott, head of the DEA’s Louisville division.