Metro-east Schnucks stores named in settlement

Six metro-east Schnucks stores were named in court documents detailing a settlement with federal prosecutors, stemming from stores filling prescriptions written by clinicians who were not authorized to make them.

According to a statement from Southern Illinois U. S. Attorney Stephen Wigginton’s office, Schnuck Markets will pay the federal government $65,000. The government in its suit alleged that the pharmacies in the stores “filled prescriptions written by mid-level practitioners not authorized to prescribe certain controlled substances and by practitioners who previously surrendered their prescribing privileges.”

Schnucks store No. 119 in Collinsville, No. 146 in Alton, No. 243 in Waterloo, No. 267 in Belleville, No. 269 in Godfrey and No. 288 in Granite City were named in the documents.

“The Controlled Substances Act requires careful scrutiny of each prescription before it is filled,” Wigginton said. “That scrutiny falls squarely on the shoulders of the pharmacy which dispenses the drugs.”

Wigginton added that Schnucks cooperated with the investigation and, in addition to the civil penalty it agreed to pay, has made changes to its pharmacy policies.