Bryan Cohen Dec. 23, 2013, 7:22pm

NEWARK, N.J. (Legal Newsline) - New Jersey Acting Attorney General John Hoffman announced Friday that the owners of three pharmacies agreed to surrender their ability to sell controlled dangerous substances after allegedly failing to comply with state requirements.

Olde Medford Pharmacy, Medford Family Pharmacy, Michael Ludwiskowski, the owner of the two Medford pharmacies, Reiter's Family Pharmacy and Mark Forgang, the owner of Reiter's, voluntarily surrendered state-issued CDS registrations that enabled the pharmacies to handle and dispense controlled medications. The pharmacies allegedly failed to comply with state requirements regulating controlled substances.

"Prescription drug diversion fuels addiction, contributes to the demand for heroin, and ruins lives across America," Hoffman said. "We are using every investigative and enforcement tool available to win this fight. A doctor's or pharmacist's ability to work with these drugs is not a right, but a privilege granted by the state. It is our duty to revoke that privilege when we find violations of New Jersey's requirements for the responsible management of these drugs."

The three pharmacies are now prohibited from possessing, ordering, manufacturing or distributing CDS medications. The entrance of each store now bears a notice indicating the state revoked the store's ability to carry or sell controlled drugs.

Hoffman said the New Jersey Prescription Monitoring Program played an important part in the inquiry into the three pharmacies. The NJPMP provides information for inquiries into pill diversion cases and helps pharmacists and prescribers in the patient care process.

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