According to the Seattle Times, the home of Dr. Peter Pfeiffer, of Bellingham, Washington, was raided by DEA agents last Friday as a result of his alleged ties to an Internet pharmacy. The search warrant alleged, among other things, that Pfeiffer was:
- writing “a very large number of prescriptions” for hydrocodone between November and February;
- writing prescriptions for “90 pills every time . . . This is exceedingly unusual and indicates the prescriptions are being issued without medical justification;”
- writing his residential address on the prescriptions, which “is highly unusual for a bona fide physician;”
- authorizing prescriptions filled by a Beverly Hills pharmacy called “House of Medicine;” and
- communicating (according to phone records) with online pharmacies, including USMeds.com.
Criminal charges have not been filed; however, Dr. Pfeiffer’s DEA registration was suspended.
Since the search warrant alleges that Pfeiffer’s last prescription was in February, the government will presumably have to proceed with a pre Ryan Haight Act based prosecution (if they do end up indicting him) under the unamended version of the Controlled Substances Act. As I have noted previously, pre Ryan Haight Act Internet pharmacy law prosecutions can present a number of problems for prosecutors and opportunities for criminal defense attorneys.
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