Friday, March 14, 2008

My Pharmacy Gets Busted

There's a saying about life in rural America that goes like this: "Not much happens in a small town, but what you hear sure makes up for it."

The other day I heard a doozy of a tale.

The pharmacy where I've done business for many years, Hogan's Pharmacy in Lyons, KS, got busted the other day for selling drugs over the Internet.

Viagra, Prozac, muscle relaxers, anxiety pills. They were selling them all. By the boat load. No doctor's prescription necessary. For at least the last 2 years. It was a pill mill.

KSN-TV in Wichita reported on a widow in Valley Center, KS who said her husband died from an overdose of drugs purchased from Hogan's. And a Virginia television station, WAVY, in February did a piece on how a teen easily ordered drugs online and when they came, it had a Hogan's label on them. They also report that Hogan's website server was located in Singapore. The 47 page complaint from the Kansas State Board of Pharmacy is here.

I thought I knew my pharmacist. I guess I didn't.

Mom and Pop pharmacies, especially those in small rural communities, have been under pressure for years from large chain competitors like Wal-Mart, Wal-Green, Dillons, Kroger, etc.

But explaining this comes down to one thing.

Greed.

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