Coal Valley News –
ALUM CREEK — A pharmacy located in Alum Creek in Lincoln County pleaded guilty to money laundering, announced United States Attorney Mike Stuart.
The money laundering charge arose out of a conspiracy between the pharmacy and a pain clinic operating as a pill mill to dispense compound opioids for no legitimate medical purpose and outside the bounds of professional medical practice.
“Meds2Go Express Pharmacy is being held accountable for its role in contributing to West Virginia’s opioid crisis,” Stuart said in a news release. “This pharmacy put profits before all else and caused great harm to the communities it served. Prosecuting poison peddlers, whether they be a street dealer, drug kingpin, a medical professional or a corporation, has been and will continue to be, a priority for my office.”
In a plea agreement reached with the United States, Meds2Go Express Pharmacy, Inc. will shut down and pay community restitution for the costs associated with drug abuse treatment in West Virginia to redress the harm caused by illicit opioid usage stemming from the sale of prescription opioids.
Meds2Go Express Pharmacy, Inc. admitted that in 2014 and 2015, it filled prescriptions written by physicians employed by a pill mill despite its knowledge that there was no legitimate medical purpose for the prescriptions and that they were prescribed outside the usual course of medical practice.
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