PIKEVILLE, Ky. (WSAZ) -- A Pikeville doctor has admitted to allowing a pharmacy to use drug samples given to his office to add to the bottles in the pharmacy.
Thad Manning, 48, pleaded guilty in federal court Wednesday to conspiracy to misbranding drugs.
Manning admitted that over the course of several years he received numerous prescription drug samples from various pharmaceutical companies. In the written agreement between Manning and the companies, Manning agreed to give the samples to patients.
Instead, Manning allowed Marrowbone Clinic Pharmacy, later known as Marrowbone Hometown Pharmacy, to take the prescription samples and co-mingle them with other prescription drugs already in stock bottles. These co-mingled drugs were ultimately dispensed to the pharmacy’s customers.
Because the samples were removed from their original packaging, the drug's identifying information and expiration information on the stock bottle because inaccurate, therefore misbranded.
Federal investigators say this made it impossible for the consumer to know whether or not their particular medication had been recalled by the Food and Drug Administration or the pharmaceutical companies.
Manning agreed to forfeit $250,000, which represents the proceeds he received as a result of the conspiracy. He will also enter a drug rehabilitation program for an addiction to hydrocodone.
He will be sentenced in July, and faces a year in prison, and a $100,00 fine.
Manning is the last of several people charged in connection with this case. You can read more on those cases by clicking the links on the right.