Wal­greens to pay $7.5M over phony pharmacist

Antelope Valley Press - - OPINION -

OAK­LAND, Calif. (AP) — Wal­greens will pay $7.5 mil­lion to set­tle with Cal­i­for­nia au­thor­i­ties af­ter an em­ployee was crim­i­nally charged with im­per­son­at­ing a pharmacist and il­le­gally fill­ing more than 745,000 pre­scrip­tions in the San Fran­cisco Bay Area.

Kim Thien Le has pleaded not guilty to felony im­per­son­ation charges. Pros­e­cu­tors said that from late 2006 through 2017, Le used the li­cense num­bers of reg­is­tered phar­ma­cists in or­der to im­per­son­ate them and dis­pense pre­scrip­tions at Wal­greens stores in Santa Clara and Alameda coun­ties.

The pre­scrip­tions al­legedly in­cluded more than 100,000 for opi­oids such as fen­tanyl, mor­phine and codeine.

Le her­self didn’t have a pharmacist li­cense, pros­e­cu­tors said.

The district at­tor­neys in both coun­ties filed a con­sumer pro­tec­tion ac­tion against Wal­greens. Pros­e­cu­tors on Mon­day an­nounced that the phar­macy gi­ant agreed to set­tle. The com­pany will pay $7.5 mil­lion in penal­ties, costs and re­me­dial pay­ments.

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