Illegal prescription drugs have become a widespread problem throughout New Jersey and the nation, adding more challenges to our country's war on drugs. Three pharmacists in our state have recently been arrested as a result of a multi-state drug investigation by local, state and federal agencies. For now, their licenses are suspended as they focus on preparing a criminal defense against the drug charges.
The investigation was focused on a pharmacy in Plainfield that filled prescriptions sent to them by an out-of-state clinic. Patients of the clinic were purportedly told to send the prescriptions to this pharmacy along with money orders. The three pharmacists who stand accused were allegedly aware that the prescribed painkillers were not for any legitimate medical needs. In addition, one of them is accused of arranging for bulk shipments of these drugs to be sent to the pharmacy from the distributor.
According to reports, federal investigators began to look further into the pharmacy's activities after conducting a routine inspection. Investigators estimate that illegal prescriptions filled at this pharmacy numbered in the hundreds of thousands. The three pharmacists and the owner of the pharmacy now face criminal drug distribution charges.
These charges can mean serious repercussions if any or all of the pharmacists are convicted. Aside from whatever criminal penalties they may face, they would likely permanently lose their professional licenses in New Jersey and be banned from licensure in other states. Each of them may find it beneficial to seek representation that can build a solid criminal defense by looking closely at the details of the investigation and the gathering of evidence. In addition, they will want to ensure that they have someone in their corner who will defend their legal rights during the criminal proceedings.
Source: njtoday.net, Pharmacists surrender licenses amid pending criminal charges, No author, Nov. 18, 2013