Former Creve Coeur pharmacist gets probation for prescription drug crime | Law and order


ST. LOUIS — A pharmacist who previously worked at Creve Coeur was sentenced Thursday to three years probation for fraudulently obtaining prescription drugs.

On at least 10 occasions between May 2015 and November 2017, Elizabeth R. Dembo obtained prescriptions for amphetamines, oxycodone and the generic form of the anti-anxiety drug Xanax, her plea agreement says. Dembo either dispensed with the medication or received help from one of the pharmacy’s former owners, a chiropractor or two doctors, her plea says.

Dembo was the “pharmacist in charge” at Olive Street Pharmacy from 2015 to March 2018.

Dembo, 38, pleaded guilty in December in U.S. District Court in St. Louis to a federal charge of fraudulently obtaining controlled substances. She has since moved to Florida.

His lawyer, Talmage Newton IV, has asked in court documents for probation and community service rather than a prison sentence, citing a struggle with anxiety and depression beginning in high school that led to the abuse. medications for ADHD.

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In September, Olive Street Pharmacy and one of its owners, Irina Shlafshteyn, agreed to pay $1.1 million to settle a civil lawsuit. The pharmacy agreed to step up prescription monitoring, and Shlafshteyn agreed not to participate in any controlled substance dispensing business.

Olive Street attorney Steve Holtshouser said at the time that most of the pharmacy’s problems stemmed from relying on Dembo, and that the pharmacy didn’t know “the extent to which Dembo was failing to meet its obligations. professionals”.

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