Monday, July 18, 2011

57 Doctors Linked to Treasure Coast Pharmacy Case

I am still predicting (The Obvious) that this bust will yield big names. The question is when and if the authorities will release them. Recent news reports have said that 57 Doctors were involved in writing prescriptions for Treasure Coast Pharmacy. The majority of the Docs were not even in the same state, and had zero contact with their patients. 30 Doctors were from Florida, and 1 doctor wrote more than 4,400 of the prescriptions dispensed by TCP. 2 of the doctors actually wrote steroid prescriptions for themselves. (Wow, did they ever put their customers at risk)

Officials have not said if they have pressed charges against the doctors, or if they will, but a spokeswoman from Tallahassee indicated the investigation was ongoing.

Officials from the Florida Department of Health, and the United States Drug Enforcement Agency shut down the pharmacies operation on June 28th, after a joint investigation. They claim TCP was one of the largest steroid suppliers in the country, and that it was part of an internet network that shipped controlled substances to customers in the United States, and overseas to Guam, the Virgin Islands, Finland and Canada.

TCP was licensed to do business in 48 states, excluding New York and North Carolina. Officials also say TCP shipped prescription medication to 387 patients in New York and 32 in North Carolina between October 2010 and March 2011. (I guess they were willing to put their customers safety at risk once again for the almighty dollar)

The internet scheme worked pretty flawlessly for quite some time. Long enough to form relation relationships with two well known internet based Health and Wellness clinics.

Mr. Del Toro, the owner and Pharmacist who was in control of TCP was not available for comment at the time of press. Investigators say that the wrongdoing of TCP was company wide and not limited to one employee, or one pharmacist, but had permeated the company as a whole.

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