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UNITED STATES v. WILLIAMS

July 12, 1976

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, Plaintiff,
v.
PATRICK M. WILLIAMS and CHARLES R. ECTOR, t/a WOODRIDGE PHARMACY, Defendants



The opinion of the court was delivered by: PRATT

 By order dated March 10, 1976, the Court granted the plaintiff's motion for partial summary judgment herein. Thereafter, on June 4, 1976, the Court held a hearing on the penalty to be assessed at which plaintiff and defendants had an opportunity to present witnesses and cross-examine. Based on that hearing and the entire record herein, the Court makes the following Findings of Fact and Conclusions of Law.

 Findings of Fact

 1. During the period extending from April 29, 1973 through September 10, 1975, defendant Williams failed to prepare and maintain complete and accurate records with respect to the receipt and distribution of Preludin 75 mg. Endurets, a Schedule II preparation containing phenmetrazine and its salts. [Affidavit of Robert C. Williamson dated December 23, 1975, paras. 4-5, Exhibit A to plaintiff's motion for partial summary judgment; Affidavit of Zenon Grundkowski dated January 2, 1976, para. 3, Exhibit B to plaintiff's motion supra ; Report of Investigation, last page, Exhibit A to the Amended Complaint].

 2. During the period extending from April 29, 1973 through September 10, 1975, defendant Williams failed to prepare and maintain complete and accurate records with respect to the receipt and distribution of Ritalin 20 mg. tablets, a Schedule II preparation containing methylphenidate. [Affidavit of Robert C. Williamson supra, paras. 4-5; Affidavit of Zenon Grundkowski supra, para. 3; Report of Investigation supra, last page].

 3. During the period extending from April 29, 1973 through September 10, 1975, defendant Williams filled 55 incomplete prescriptions. [Affidavit of Robert C. Williamson supra, para. 1; Affidavit of Zenon Grundkowski supra, para. 1; Report of Investigation supra, p. 6].

 4. During the period extending from April 29, 1973 through September 10, 1975, defendant Williams filled at least 92 xeroxed prescriptions. [Affidavit of Robert C. Williamson supra, para. 1; Affidavit of Zenon Grundkowski supra, para. 1; Report of Investigation supra, pp. 7-8].

 5. During the period extending from April 29, 1973 through September 10, 1975, defendant Williams filled 42 prescriptions bearing Dr. Dent's name but obviously not signed by him. [Affidavit of Robert C. Williamson supra, paras. 6-8; Affidavit of Zenon Grundkowski supra, para. 3; Affidavit of Thomas M. Dent, III, M.D., dated December 23, 1975, paras. 1-2, Exhibit C in support of motion for partial summary judgment; Report of Barry M. Spittle, Exhibit A to plaintiff's memorandum on civil penalty to be assessed].

 6. Between December, 1972 and the end of 1975, defendant Williams dispensed approximately 336,900 Preludin 75 mg. Endurets and approximately 35,000 Ritalin 20 mg. Tablets. [Defendants' Answers to Interrogatories; Deposition of Patrick M. Williams].

 7. Defendant Williams grossed approximately $65,000 from the sale of Preludin and Ritalin in this period. [Defendants' Answers to Interrogatories; Deposition of Patrick M. Williams].

 8. Between 1972 and 1975, phenmetrazine was one of the most commonly abused drugs, if not the most commonly abused drug, in the District of Columbia. [Exhibits D, E and F in support of plaintiff's memorandum on civil penalty to be assessed].

 9. From May 10, 1973 to August 10, 1973, Boehringer-Ingelheim, the manufacturer of Preludin, imposed a moratorium on its distribution in the Washington area. [Exhibit D in support of plaintiff's memorandum on civil penalty to be assessed].

 10. During the week of June 17, 1974, Mr. Williams had a conference with Assistant United States Attorney Jason D. Kogan. Mr. Kogan informed Mr. Williams that Dr. Burton had been selling prescriptions for Preludin and Ritalin to persons with no medical need for them, that Mr. Williams had been filling those prescriptions, and that the persons to whom the prescriptions were issued were using these drugs to satisfy their own addictions or to sell the drugs to addicts. [Affidavit of Jason D. Kogan, Exhibit C to plaintiff's memorandum on civil penalty to be assessed; Testimony of Jason D. Kogan, June 4, 1976].

 11. By letter dated May 20, 1973, the Washington Pharmaceutical Association called attention to the indiscriminate prescription of Preludin 75 mg. Endurets, and urged the utmost care in dispensation of that drug. [Exhibit 11 admitted in evidence at the hearing on June 4, 1976; Testimony of Everett A. Gill at the hearing on ...


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