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Police: Pharmacist pocketed pills

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For at least six months, hundreds of prescription painkiller pills were stolen from the pharmacy where a Greenwood man worked, police said.

Anthony Gamm, 49, who has been charged with multiple counts of theft and possession of a controlled substance, told police he suffered from a nerve disorder and needed relief.

An investigation found that since at least January 780 Oxycontin pills were taken from a CVS Pharmacy in Greenfield, where Gamm worked as a pharmacist. Gamm told police he made up patient names, filled prescriptions, then deleted the prescriptions and pocketed the pills, according to a police report.

He told police he suffered from neuropathy, a nerve disorder, but didn’t want to go to the doctor, the report said.

Gamm no longer works for CVS, according to a written statement from CVS spokesman Mike DeAngelis.

Pharmacists are required to be licensed in Indiana, meaning they must have graduated from a pharmacy school and passed state exams and a criminal background check. They also must meet continuing education requirements, according to the Indiana Professional Licensing Agency.

Gamm had no previous actions or suspensions, and his license is not currently suspended. The state is working with Greenfield police and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency to file a complaint with the Indiana Attorney General’s Office, professional licensing agency spokesman Nick Goodwin said in an email. The licensing agency will file a complaint when they find out about a violation, such as an arrest. The attorney general’s office then takes the complaint to the state board of pharmacy for an administrative hearing, he said.

The state can take emergency actions to suspend a license if the person poses a danger to the public, and a judge can order that someone be prohibited from practicing, he said.

CVS began looking into a possible theft after determining the pharmacy had lost hundreds of pills, totaling $12,000 in value. The company reviewed drug dispensing logs at the store and compared them to inventory and found six instances between January and May in which Oxycontin pills were given out but not properly reflected in pharmacy records.

Each instance was entered by Gamm with his initials in the pharmacy log, the report said.

The inspection also showed no record of the prescriptions being given to the patients, and no record that the patients had ever filled an Oxycontin prescription, the report said.

Gamm told drug enforcement agents who helped with the investigation that he had been taking prescription pills from the pharmacy.

He told agents that starting in October 2013 he made up patient names, did the paperwork to account for why pills were taken out of the store’s inventory and then deleted the prescription. He would then take the pills to the back of the pharmacy and put them in his pocket, the report said.

Gamm told the agents he took the pills for personal use, the report said.

He was charged with six counts of theft, and six counts of possession of a controlled substance, according to the Hancock County Prosecutor’s Office.

Gamm, 3331 Tournament Court, was arrested and taken to the Hancock County jail, where he was released on $1,000 bond.

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