Pharmacy Agrees to Pay $250,000 for Improperly Distributing Prescriptions
KANSAS CITY, Kan. - A Kansas City, Kansas, company entered into a civil settlement agreement with the federal government to pay $250,000 to resolve allegations that a retail pharmacy it owns violated the civil provisions of the Controlled Substances Act.
Four B. Corporation, doing business as Balls Food Stores, owns and operates retail pharmacies in the Kansas City metro area, including Price Chopper Pharmacy located on East Santa Fe Street in Olathe, Kansas.
The settlement resolves the government’s allegations that between February 2019 and June 10, 2022, the Price Chopper Pharmacy violated the Controlled Substances Act and its implementing regulations by dispensing controlled substances before receiving prescriptions, improperly partially filling prescriptions, and failing to maintain inventory records for controlled substances.
"How pharmaceutical medications are dispensed is something we have to take seriously because it can so easily result in someone getting hurt from the drugs,” said Diversion Program Manager Kimberly Daniels, the Drug Enforcement Administration's lead for the Diversion program in the states of Missouri and Kansas, and southern Illinois. “One of the many responsibilities that pharmacies have is ensuring medications are dispensed only after receiving legitimate prescriptions, then they must track the prescriptions they dispense. When they fail to do that, DEA must take action. This settlement is a reminder that DEA's highest priority is the safety and well-being of our citizens."
The DEA conducted the investigation.