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Kentucky pharmacist charged with making illicit meds

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HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — The owner and operator of a Kentucky pharmacy near the West Virginia border has been charged in federal court of making custom oxycodone and hydrocodone pills to fill prescriptions for patients at two pill mills in West Virginia and one in Virginia.

A criminal information filed in U.S. District Court in Charleston alleges Karl O’Dell, owner and pharmacist-in-charge of Boyd County Pharmacy in Ashland, Kentucky, met with the managers of a West Virginia pain clinic that had locations in Charleston and Beaver in Raleigh County sometime between late 2013 and early 2014.

Court documents allege the patients at the two clinics, and a third in Virginia, were having problems getting prescriptions filled. The prescriptions were not being written for actual medical purposes. The clinic’s name was not provided in court records, but the troubled Hope Clinic had locations in Charleston, Beaver and Wytheville, Virginia, which is the third location mentioned in the criminal information.

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