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Saginaw pharmacist suspended after over dispensing controlled substances

According to a news release from the Licensing and Regulatory Affairs, administrative complaint and order summarily suspending pharmacist Sureshkumar Dakshinamoorthy, a Saginaw pharmacist has been suspended for over dispensing controlled substances. (Photo: WEYI/WSMH)

SAGINAW, Mich. --According to a news release from the Licensing and Regulatory Affairs, administrative complaint and order summarily suspending pharmacist Sureshkumar Dakshinamoorthy, a Saginaw pharmacist has been suspended for over dispensing controlled substances.

LARA also served an administrative complaint on Universal Pharmacy, which is owned and operated by Dakshinamoorthy.

The complaints allege that in 2015 and 2016, Universal dispensed more codeine/promethazine syrup than any other Michigan pharmacy and had unexplained losses of the drug from the pharmacy’s inventory.

While used for the short-term relief of upper respiratory illnesses, codeine/promethazine syrup is also a frequently abused and diverted medication known by the street names “sizzurp,” “purple drank,” and “lean.”

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