- Associated Press - Saturday, August 23, 2014

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - A Smyrna drugstore’s license has been suspended by the Tennessee Board of Pharmacy after investigators discovered thousands of doses of opioids missing.

Corder’s Community Pharmacy Inc. was shut down earlier this summer, The Tennessean (http://tnne.ws/1AHzrAY) reported, citing a recent pharmacy board order.

The action came after law enforcement filed a complaint against the drugstore.

Meanwhile, the Murfreesboro Pain Management Clinic also surrendered its license as the result of another state investigation. And a doctor and pharmacist were put on probation for prescribing drugs to a friend or family member without proper documentation

The actions are part of a crackdown by state licensing boards aimed at curbing addictions to prescription medicines. One out of every 20 people pops a pain pill for recreational use in Tennessee, where drug overdose deaths have jumped 220 percent from 1999 to 2012 and babies born dependent on drugs rose tenfold over the past decade.

Investigators for the pharmacy board found that Corder’s was short 5,841 of the 8,000 hydrocodone pills it had received from its wholesaler since January. Records showed it had dispensed 1,418 pills, but Corder’s had only 741 on hand.

Corder’s was short 410 of 1,800 alprazolam pills. Investigators found smaller shortages of oxycodone pills.

The May 29 inspection revealed numerous record-keeping violations.

About a month later, police in Smyrna responded to a burglar alarm at Corder’s when hydrocodone was reported missing. Records kept at the pharmacy hampered an audit after the burglary, according to the order. Investigators had to rely on hard copies of prescriptions instead of the required records.

Meanwhile, the Murfreesboro Pain Management Clinic voluntarily surrendered its license after the Tennessee Board of Medical Examiners found multiple violations.

The clinic listed 86-year-old Dr. Daniel Hamaty as its owner when it was actually owned by Michael Lewis, who would pick up Hamaty from his home in a retirement community in Signal Mountain and drive him to the clinic two days a week, according to the order

In an unrelated action, the Board of Pharmacy put Richard H. Maynard, a Mt. Juliet pharmacist, on one year’s probation for dispensing more hydrocodone to his mother than a physician had prescribed.

In another unrelated action, the Board of Medical Examiners put the license of Nashville doctor Michael C. Reed on probation for five years after he continued to prescribe stimulants, pain pills and sleep aids to a former patient with whom he “had an intermittent, personal relationship.”

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Information from: The Tennessean, http://www.tennessean.com