Pharmacist Caught Dispensing Controlled Substances Without Prescriptions

November 27, 2014
Meghan Ross, Associate Editor

A pharmacist from Northern Ireland has been accused of dispensing hundreds of thousands of pills without prescriptions from his Armagh city chemist, according to the Irish Independent.

A pharmacist from Northern Ireland has been accused of dispensing hundreds of thousands of pills without prescriptions from his Armagh city chemist, according to the Irish Independent.

Maurice Currie, 45, of Lisburn, Northern Ireland, faces charges of illegally supplying drugs, most of which were highly addictive and controlled substances. Currie will be tried on 4 counts of unlawfully supplying prescription-only medicines, 4 counts of supplying Class C controlled drugs, 2 counts of supplying Class B controlled drugs, 2 counts of supplying Class A controlled drugs, and 1 count of selling medicine by retail, according to the Irish Independent.

Among the list of drugs Currie is alleged to have supplied are 234,600 co-codamol 30/500 mg tablets and 59,477 tramadol 50 mg tablets, both of which are painkillers.

Currie also allegedly supplied diazepam, zopiclone, dihydrocodeine, Sevredol, oxycodone, and temazepam.

According to the Irish Independent, Currie’s offenses were allegedly committed between January 2009 and December 2013.

A judge has placed an approximate $3100 bail on Currie, who will appear for an arraignment in January.