Kohll's Pharmacy & Homecare in Omaha, Neb., has filed court documents in which it contests federal conspiracy charges that allege it was involved in a scheme to “manipulate” horse races in Louisiana.
The pharmacy is accused of obtaining a synthetic version of the drug dermorphin – a Class 1 synthetic opioid said to be 30 times more powerful than morphine – and falsely relabeling it and selling to veterinarian Dr. Kyle James Hebert. Hebert was charged with “conspiracy, misbranding, and delivery and receipt of adulterated or misbranded drug in interstate commerce for his role.”
According to a report in the Omaha World-Herald, Dave Domina, an attorney representing the pharmacy, stated in court filings that Kohll's compounding service, Essential Pharmacy Compounding, did not know the substance it sold to Hebert “was intended to be used, or would be used, for race horses, or at a racetrack, or on race day.”
Federal prosecutors allege that Kohll's got a synthetic version of dermorphin from a supplier in California and offered it for sale. Then, officials allege, Kohll's “falsely relabeled the product … with labeling that made it appear that the product was a compounded drug created by Kohll's”.
Read more in the Omaha World-Herald
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