SEATTLE (CBS Seattle/AP) — Pharmacies in Seattle and Bellingham have been targeted by federal investigators looking for evidence that potentially dangerous returned drugs were being resold to elderly and disabled patients without their knowledge.
Among the targets of the investigation were the Scrips LTC Pharmacy in Seattle and Custom Prescription Shoppe in Bellingham.
According to court papers filed in the Food and Drug Administration investigation, the pharmacies’ owners were reselling medicine collected from patients living in long-term care facilities around Western Washington. Investigators say some of the drugs were collected from residents after they died, then repacked and sold as new.
Speaking Wednesday on behalf of the pharmacies, attorney Ronald Friedman said his clients have been working with regulators and are prepared to resolve any problems if they are identified.