June 19, 2018
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Orono Pharmacy to pay $60,000 in settlement over controlled substances

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Gabor Degre | BDN
The Orono Pharmacy is shown in 2016.
By Judy Harrison, BDN Staff

The owner of Orono Pharmacy, the town’s only drug store, will pay $60,000 to resolve allegations that his business violated the Controlled Substance Act, according to the federal prosecutor’s office in Portland.

In signing the settlement agreement, Ali Aghamoosa did not admit to any wrongdoing and cooperated with the investigation, the document said.

Aghamoosa’s attorney Kenneth Lehman of Portland said Friday that the business will continue operating without interruption.

“We are pleased that the federal government recognised that Orono Pharmacy and Mr. Aghamoosa resolved the issues identified and closed the investigation,” Lehman said. “This is a good pharmacy. The federal government recognized that and recognized that this is an important resource in the community.”

The settlement resolves allegations that, from 2014 through 2016, Orono Pharmacy and Aghamoosa negligently failed to make and maintain complete and accurate records of pharmacy transactions about the receipt and sale of controlled substances by prescription, according to the U.S. attorney’s office.

Prosecutors had alleged that thousands of doses of controlled substances were unaccounted for because a pharmacist who worked for Aghamoosa stole controlled substances, and another pharmacist who worked for him falsified records.

The is the second time in two years that the pharmacy and Aghamoosa has agreed to sanctions. Last year, he was fined $8,000 by the Maine Board of Pharmacy and was on probation as a pharmacist for a year after admitting he fraudulently billed insurance companies and committed other unprofessional acts in the course of running his business.


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