Bartell Drugs settles over filling invalid prescriptions

SEATTLE (AP) — The U.S. Department of Justice says it and Bartell Drugs have resolved allegations that the pharmacy chain filled invalid prescriptions between July 2016 and August 2020 in violation of the Controlled Substances Act. U.S. Attorney Brian T. Moran said Thursday under the terms of the settlement, Bartell Drug will pay the government an $800,000 fine. The Justice Department says the company founded in Seattle fully cooperated in the investigation. The settlement agreement says some 400 prescriptions were written by four medical professionals whose licenses to practice had been suspended or otherwise restricted by the Washington Medical Commission. Bartell did not admit any wrongdoing or liability as part of the settlement.