July 13, 2011
Contact: SA Timothy Desmond
Phone Number: 617-557-2100
Civil Penalty Settlement Reached With Georgetown Pharmacy
BOSTON, MA. - The United States has reached a civil settlement with a Georgetown pharmacy and its owner in connection with civil drug diversion allegations.
Steven W. Derr, Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration, New England Field Division and U.S. Attorney Carmen Ortiz announced that Georgetown Pharmacy and its owner, Joseph Lamonica, have agreed to pay $40,000 in settlement of the government’s claims.
Based on facts developed in the course of the investigation, the United States contended that Georgetown Pharmacy violated the Controlled Substances Act by distributing methadone, a Schedule II painkiller subject to strict regulatory handling and record-keeping requirements, to a medical facility that was not registered with the DEA as a Narcotic Treatment Program, and by failing to maintain proper records and inventories with respect to methadone in the pharmacy’s possession.
The investigation was conducted by Diversion Investigators with the DEA's New England Field Division as well as investigators from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.