2 Owsley pharmacists pay $60,000 to settle claims

Two Owsley County pharmacists have paid the federal government a total of $60,000 to settle claims stemming from the way they tracked and dispensed drugs, U.S. Attorney Kerry B. Harvey said Friday in a news release.

James F. Carrico and James D. Maze, who work at Booneville Discount Pharmacy, made the payment, according to the news release.

Carrico had faced civil claims that his federal registration number was used to improperly dispense controlled substances 11 times in 2008 and 2009, according to Harvey's office.

Regulators also argued that Maze's registration number was used 21 times to dispense drugs without a prescription, according to the release.

An audit by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration showed that there were 65 occasions in an 18-month period in which the pharmacy failed to maintain inventory records on controlled substances, the release said.

Carrico paid $40,000 and Maze paid $20,000. The payment was not an admission of liability.