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Thu Dec 17, 2020, 05:37 PM

Seashore Discount Drugs fined $1 million, ordered to stop selling opioids

WILMINGTON A local pharmacy, as well as its former owner and lead pharmacist, have been ordered to pay $1.05 million in civil penalties and to stop selling opioids and other controlled substances after a federal investigation found it was improperly filling prescriptions.

Seashore Discount Drugs, its former owner John D. Waggett and pharmacist-in-charge Bill W. King II were given the order by a federal court of the Eastern District of North Carolina following a complaint that alleged the pharmacy and the two men "repeatedly filled prescriptions for opioids and other controlled substances in violation of the Controlled Substances Act," according to a release from the Department of Justice.

Seashore Discount Drugs has two area locations on Carolina Beach Road and Wrightsville Avenue in Winter Park. According to current Seashore owner Nirav Patel, Waggett and King have left the company.

The judgment claimed that Seashore Drugs had created a reputation in the local pharmacy community "as a place that filled prescriptions other pharmacies wouldn't," the release said. King also filled prescriptions for customers that his own pharmacists had previously refused to fill.

Read more: https://www.starnewsonline.com/story/news/local/2020/12/17/wilmington-area-pharmacy-ordered-stop-selling-opioids-fined-1-mil/3938361001/
(Wilmington Star News)

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