Pharmacies Open After Search Warrants Executed
SHEFFIELD, Ala. (WHNT) – WHNT News 19 is continuing to gather the latest information on a raid that federal authorities conducted at three northwest Alabama pharmacies on Wednesday.
Those familiar with the investigation say that it’s not the drugs that the pharmacies are selling that are in question, it’s their business practices.
Wednesday morning agents with the Federal Bureau of Investigations led a multi-jurisdictional search warrant at three well known pharmacies.
Those facilities are Sheffield Pharmacy, Russellville Pharmacy and Franklin Pharmacy.
The common denominator, all three pharmacies specialize in compounding medications used in pain relief crèmes.
WHNT News 19 has learned that Rodney Logan, the owner of both the Sheffield and Russellville pharmacies, was at one time business partners with Tim Aaron, who owns Franklin Pharmacy.
In the “Healthy Horizons” publication, an ad printed in October of 2010, showed ‘Optimal Pain Control’ as being a division of Russellville Pharmacy, owned by Rodney Logan.
Since that publication, OPC RX has changed hands, and records show it is now listed as being operated on Mustang Drive in Russellville.
It’s the same address listing as Franklin Pharmacy, which is owned by Tim Aaron, and employs nearly two hundred people.
Since the businesses split, Rodney Logan has opened another division to the Sheffield Pharmacy, Sheffield Expert Compounding.
In fact, according to pictures posted on the company’s Facebook page, a laboratory for mixing the medications was added in the office space next to Sheffield Pharmacy.
Investigators with the FBI say they are investigating possible health care fraud at all three locations and each investigation started independently.
Helping in the investigation are the Federal Drug Administration, US Department of Health and Human Services, the Alabama Board of Pharmacy, as well as the State Attorney General’s Medicaid Fraud Division.
Investigators in the case say they are looking into allegations of over-billing that could involve hundreds of thousands of dollars.
The FBI has transferred box loads of records and other documents that were confiscated from the facilities, to their Birmingham office for analysis.
WHNT News 19 has reached out to both business owners, and they have not returned our phone calls.
No arrests have been made at this point, and agents say the investigation could last several more months.