Justice Department Files Lawsuit Against Tampa-Area Physician, Pharmacy, And Clinic Owners For Controlled Substances Act Violations

Tampa, FL – The United States filed a civil complaint seeking to permanently enjoin the owners of a Tampa-area clinic and pharmacy from unlawfully dispensing opioids and other controlled substances, the Department of Justice announced today. 

 In a complaint filed in U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida, the government alleges that Dr. Tobias Bacaner, Theodore Ferguson II, and Timothy Ferguson used Paragon Community Healthcare Inc., to unlawfully issue controlled substance prescriptions, and Cobalt Pharmacy Inc., to unlawfully fill controlled substance prescriptions, all in violation of the Controlled Substances Act. The complaint alleges that the defendants ignored obvious signs of abuse or diversion when issuing and filling opioid prescriptions. The complaint also alleges that drug toxicity played a role in the deaths of several individuals who received controlled substances from the defendants. 

News article: https://www.justice.gov/usao-mdfl/pr/justice-department-files-lawsuit-against-tampa-area-physician-pharmacy-and-clinic