The American Society for Pharmacy Law (ASPL) is an organization of attorneys, pharmacists, pharmacist-attorneys and students of pharmacy or law who are interested in the law as it applies to
pharmacy, pharmacists, wholesalers, manufacturers, state and federal government and other interested parties.

ASPL is a non-profit which encourages diversity & inclusion with the Society, regardless of differing backgrounds, perspectives, experiences, orientations, origins, and practice settings. The Society embraces participation and diversity as it leads to advancing our purpose: 

  • Furthering knowledge in the law related to pharmacists, pharmacies, the provision of pharmaceutical care, the manufacturing and distribution of drugs, and other food, drug, and medical device policy issues;
  • Communicating accurate legal educational information; and
  • Providing educational opportunities for pharmacists, attorneys, and others who are interested in pharmacy law

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September 13, 2021

CONTROLLED SUBSTANCES
Health system in Missouri settles with feds for $1.6 million over employee physician prescribing of controlled substances
The US Attorney for the Eastern District of Missouri announced a settlement on September 1 between the DOJ and St. Francis Medical Center, a healthcare system in southeast Missouri. St. Francis agreed to pay $1.6 million arising from claims against one of its employee physicians who allegedly inappropriately prescribed controlled substances in the scope of his employment for morphine, hydromorphone, and oxycodone in conjunction with muscle relaxers and benzodiazepines. The DOJ had alleged that the prescriber issued the prescriptions while “ignoring warning signs of drug diversion or misuse, including aberrant urine drug test results and patient’s previous hospital treatment for medical problems related to drug misuse.”

Separately from the settlement agreement in August, St. Francis voluntarily devoted $1 million to incorporate the Foundation for Opioid Prescribing Education in the State of Missouri. The DOJ announcement credited St. Francis for fully cooperating in the investigation of its employee and “individuals not released in the settlement agreement.” [USDOJ, USAO E.D. Mo. News. Southeast Missouri healthcare system agrees to pay $1,624,957.67 to resolve allegations that physician wrote invalid prescriptions. 2021 Sep 1; https://bit.ly/3tAzBMC]