FDA investigates Seattle pharmacies for allegedly reselling secondhand drugs to elderly.
Pharmacies in Seattle are under investigation for claims that they repackaged and sold used drugs to elderly patients. Part of the claims include that the pharmacy owners collected used drugs from patients who had died at long-term care facilities and repackaged and resold the medications.
The Food and Drug Administration is leading the investigation and court documents reveal that a former manager reported the pharmacy for reselling used drugs to elderly patients.
According to investigators, some of the drugs were collected from residents after they died then repacked and sold as new to other patients in long-term care. The former manager also claimed that the pharmacy charged Medicaid full price for drugs they got as free samples.
Some of the pharmacies involved were:
- Scrips LTC Pharmacy in Seattle, and
- Custom Prescription Shoppe in Bellingham.
Investigators have not disclosed how many patients were affected by the second-hand drugs.
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Pharmacies have a duty of care to patients to fill prescriptions accurately and safely. When they breach that duty of care you are put at risk in dangerous, and sometimes fatal, ways.
A pharmacist’s job is to prevent mistakes and ensure that patients receive the correct medicine. This is an example of a gross breach of that duty of care and they should be held accountable for their actions.
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