Mich. AG obtains $100K fine against South Lyon pharmacy

By Bryan Cohen | Apr 15, 2014

LANSING, Mich. (Legal Newsline) - Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette announced on Thursday that his office obtained a $100,000 fine against a South Lyon pharmacy after it allegedly failed to follow care standards and distributed tainted drugs.

Under the terms of a consent order, Kenny Walkup, the owner of Specialty Medicine Compounding Pharmacy, will surrender his license and permanently surrender the pharmacy's license. The consent order approved by the Michigan Board of Pharmacy Disciplinary Subcommittee is the result of a formal complaint filed by Schuette's office on October 29.

The Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs received a report of tainted dextrose injections distributed by Specialty Medicine Compounding Pharmacy in October. Schuette alleged the pharmacy was acting as a drug manufacturer by distributing large amounts of medication to various clinics and hospitals in Michigan.

The medication allegedly contained foreign objects and was voluntarily recalled by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on October 22. There have been no reports of illness related to the drug.

"Michigan citizens trust pharmacists to follow the laws designed to keep consumers safe, and these sanctions send the message that we're serious about public safety and welfare," Schuette said.

The consent order calls for permanent surrender of Specialty Medicine's pharmacy license, three-year revocation of Walkup's individual pharmacist license and the payment of $100,000 in total fines to the state.

Schuette's office continues to look into the reports of tainted dextrose injections allegedly manufactured and distributed by Specialty Medicine Compounding Pharmacy to determine if additional legal action is warranted.

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