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Detroit pharmacist's license suspended after over-prescribing opioids

Posted at 12:07 PM, Aug 23, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-23 12:32:02-04

A Detroit pharmacist had his license suspended for reportedly over dispensing controlled substances, according to the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA).

Officials say pharmacist Belief Emadamerho and his operation, Pharmacy 4 Less, have been "summarily suspended" due to violating the Public Health Code. 

The Department analyzed the pharmacy's dispensing data between January 1, 2016 and March 31, 2018 and found "that a large percentage of the prescriptions filled by the pharmacy came from prescribers who have been recently disciplined by the State of Michigan, federally indicted or are under investigation for overprescribing or healthcare fraud."

In the first quarter of 2018, data from the Michigan Automated Prescription System determined Pharmacy 4 Less dispensed the most Oxycodone 30 mcg.

On June 5, 2018, LARA conducted an unannounced inspection at the pharmacy, and also found: 

  • Expired drugs in the active inventory.
  • No signed controlled substance logs since April 17, 2018 which is a violation of the Code of Federal Regulations.
  • No driveway, parking or exterior signage indicating that the building housed a pharmacy. The interior of the pharmacy was in various stages of construction.
  • The pharmacy did not have an occupancy permit from the City of Detroit due to one or more failed inspections.

Concerned residents and patients can file a complaint here