Federal prosecutors urge court to close North Carolina pharmacy for excessive opioid dispensing

Federal prosecutors asked U.S. District Court Judge Louise W. Flanagan to shut down Wilmington, N.C.-based drug store Seashore Drugs, alleging its owner and head pharmacist neglected telltale signs of client abuse when giving opioids, according to a report from local NBC affiliate WECT.

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Mr. Waggett and Mr. King concurred to pay a $1.05 million civil charge, according to WECT. The filing would ban Mr. Waggett and Mr. King from “administering, giving, dispersing, or possessing with intent to disperse, any sort of illegal drug,” but the contract is waiting for approval from Ms. Flanagan, WECT reported.

The prosecutors also declare that Mr. King took no action after finding out that clients were seen exchanging drugs outside Seashore Drugs after receiving their prescriptions, according to WECT.

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Wednesday, November 4th, 2020

District attorneys filed a problem Oct. 30 declaring pharmacist-in-charge Billy W. King II would fill suspicious prescriptions for extremely addicting drugs that other Seashore Drugs pharmacists declined to fill, according to WECT. It likewise declares that he and drug store owner John Waggett would willfully ignore red flags that violated the Controlled Substances Act, such as patients who requested suspicious drug mixes, checked out multiple doctors for numerous prescriptions, paid with money and sought an excessively high volume of pills.