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West Virginia Pharmacy – Judy’s Drug Store — pays $2 Million to settle federal claims alleging improper prescription of narcotic pain killers

Rajan Masih, Hardy County physician, pled guilty in 2011 to improperly distributing teen looking at pain killerspainkillers and was sentenced to four years in prison.  According to federal prosecutors, Judy’s Drug Store filled many of the illegal prescriptions Masih wrote.

Related to those claims against Judy’s Drug Store, the Grant County pharmacy and four of its employees have paid $2 million to settle allegations that they improperly filled prescriptions for narcotic painkillers,  said federal prosecutors.

U.S. Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld announced the settlement with Judy’s Drug Store, Darin Judy, Emily Judy, Kimberly Arbaugh and Casey Watts on Wednesday.

Emily Judy, the store’s president, declined to comment on the settlement.

When medical professionals fail to honor their oath: “Do no harm to patients”, all of society suffers.  Thousands of lives are lost or ruined each year as a result of prescription drug abuse.  Medical professionals are supposed to be part of the solution not part of the problem.  There are many good doctors out there, but it’s important to remember some may be dangerous like former physician John Pelligrini.

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