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Milford Pharmacy to Pay $50K to Resolve Faulty Practice Allegations

Local pharmacy reaches civil settlement agreement with the feds.

Howe's Pharmacy of Milford will pay $50,000 to resolve allegations of faulty practice, it was announced Wednesday. Credit: Patch File Photo
Howe's Pharmacy of Milford will pay $50,000 to resolve allegations of faulty practice, it was announced Wednesday. Credit: Patch File Photo

A Milford pharmacy has agreed to pay $50,000 to resolve allegations it violated the federal Controlled Substances Act, it was announced Wednesday.

The claims against Howe’s Pharmacy included allegations that the Broad Street pharmacy: failed to ensure prescriptions were issued for medically appropriate reasons; failed to verify the signatures of prescribing physicians; and filled a prescription for “office use” rather than to an individual, among other claims.

Several times Howe’s Pharmacy allegedly filled a postdated prescription, also a violation of the federal law, according to the release from the United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut.

The release states Nelson’s Pharmacy of Naugatuck also agreed to pay up to resolve allegations of violating the Controlled Substances Act. The pharmacy will pay $40,000 in its civil settlement agreement with the government.

Click here to read the full release.

RONALD M GOLDWYN December 12, 2013 at 12:23 AM
I have been a patron of Howes ever since I moved to Milford almost 20 years ago. When the big box stores started to arrive in Milford I stuck with our Mom and Pop druggist in downtown. I for one never had a special favor from them while they fulfilled a monthly shopping list of over 20 Rx items that cost over $1300 per month. I would guess that makes me a good customer. I am truly sorry to read of the fine they will have to pay, but I shall continue to make Howes my drug store of choice. They have always been helpful and honest with me.
Juniormints December 13, 2013 at 10:55 AM
We always go there for our prescriptions but I have always found the pharmacists to be the most unfriendly people I have ever met. Don't know why I still go there other than they let us have an "account". Ron - are you sorry they have to pay a fine or sorry they got caught? Just asking, not judging.

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