Federal Court Restrains Tampa Pharmacy And Two Individuals

Federal Court Restrains Tampa Pharmacy And Two Individuals

Federal Court Restrains Tampa Pharmacy And Two Individuals From Dispensing Opioids Or Other Controlled Substances

Tampa, FL (STL.News) A federal court in Florida issued a temporary restraining order enjoining a Tampa pharmacy and two of its employees from dispensing opioids and other controlled substances, the Department of Justice announced.

In a civil complaint unsealed in the Middle District of Florida, the United States alleges that WeCare Pharmacy, its pharmacist owner Qingping Zhang, and pharmacy technician Li Yang, and another related corporate entity, L&Y Holdings LLC, repeatedly dispensed opioids in violation of the Controlled Substances Act.  The complaint alleges that over a period of several years, the defendants dispensed highly addictive and highly abused prescription opioids while ignoring “red flags” — that is, obvious indications of drug diversion and drug-seeking behavior. U.S. District Judge Mary Scriven granted the government’s request for a temporary restraining order, which was filed along with the complaint.

“Pharmacists have an important role in ensuring that prescriptions for controlled substances are legitimate,” said Acting Assistant Attorney General Brian Boynton of the Justice Department’s Civil Division.  “The Department of Justice will work with its partners to enforce the law where evidence shows pharmacists abdicated their responsibilities when dispensing these powerful drugs.”

“Medical professionals, including pharmacists, must utilize the best methods of efficacy and accountability when dispensing and distributing dangerous medications,” said U.S.

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