GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) - Eight employees and the owner of Kentwood Pharmacy have been indicted on federal charges for misbranding drugs and creating false prescription records.
The charges were announced Thursday by U.S. Attorney Patrick Miles, Jr.
The federal grand jury charges Kim Mulder, the owner and CEO of Kentwood Pharmacy, with a Superseding Indictment of Conspiracy to Misbrand Drugs and Conspiracy to Create False Prescription Records. Other employees charged include:
- Vice-President of Sales: Richard Clarke
- Chief Pharmacist: Lawrence Harden
- Pharmacy Floor Manager: Jessica Veldkamp
- Billing Manager: Elizabeth Morgan
- Staff Pharmacist: Erin Rivard
- Sales Representative: Michelle Shedd
- Drug Packer: Heather Harden
- Distribution Manager: Gary Franks
The indictment charges that Mulder and the employees named arranged for unused drugs to be picked up from adult foster care and nursing homes and were then re-dispensed by the pharmacy. The employees then allegedly placed the returned drugs into stock bottles with incorrect lot numbers and expiration dates, or vials that had neither. The employees also allegedly hid their actions from the nursing homes by sorting the drugs at off-site locations, including the Chief Pharmacist's basement.
Patients may have received the drugs from Kentwood Pharmacy as early as 2004, through November of 2010. Anyone who thinks they may have received misbranded or expired drugs from the pharmacy should call 616-808-2034 or visit http://www.justice.gov/usao/miw/victimwitness.html .