Omaha pharmacy fined, accused of doing business in Iowa without a license

By: - February 21, 2022 5:42 pm

A pharmacy manager retrieves a medication. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

An Omaha company has been fined $5,000 by the State of Iowa for allegedly dispensing more than 10,000 prescriptions in Iowa without the required license.

According to records of the Iowa Board of Pharmacy, Precision Direct Rx, an Omaha-based company, was granted a pharmacy license to do business in Iowa on Aug. 26 of last year. But in the five months leading up to the license being approved, Precision Direct allegedly “distributed over 10,000 prescriptions into Iowa without a nonresident pharmacy license,” the board claims.

At its January meeting, the board voted to cite the company for operating a pharmacy in Iowa without a current pharmacy license, in violation of Iowa law. The citation carries a $5,000 penalty. The company was also warned that any future violations may result in additional penalties.

This article first appeared in the Iowa Capital Dispatch,  a sister site of the Nebraska Examiner in the States Newsroom Network.

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Clark Kauffman
Clark Kauffman

Clark is deputy editor of the Iowa Capital Dispatch. Kauffman has extensive experience using the Freedom of Information Act, reading Form 990 financial reports for nonprofit organizations, and organizing multi-part series. He can be a source for health care coverage as well as stories on police and prosecutorial misconduct, and publicly funded nonprofits. During the past 30 years, Clark worked as both an investigative reporter and editorial writer at two of Iowa’s largest newspapers, the Des Moines Register and the Quad-City Times. He has won numerous state and national awards for reporting and editorial writing. His 2004 series on prosecutorial misconduct in Iowa was named a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Investigative Reporting. From October 2018 through November 2019, Kauffman was an assistant ombudsman for the Iowa Office of Ombudsman, an agency that investigates citizens’ complaints of wrongdoing within state and local government agencies.