3 Pharmacist’s Lose Their License to Practice


LANSING, MI – Three pharmacist’s who were semi-retired lost their license’s Rxto practice after they were found guilty with felony convictions.

All three had their license’s taken away based on public notices from LARA, the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs in the State of Michigan.

Eugene Austin Biegert, R.Ph., of Grand Rapids.

On November 13, 2013, Biegert was convicted of Causing Drugs Held for Sale to be Misbranded After Shipment in Interstate Commerce, a felony.  Biegert was ordered to pay an assessment of $100.00, and a fine of $15,000.00.

On March 5, 2014, LARA issued an order summarily suspending Biegert’s license, pursuant to the Public Health Code which provides for the mandatory summary suspension of a health professional’s license upon the conviction of a felony, a misdemeanor punishable by imprisonment for a maximum term of two years, or a controlled substance-related conviction.

James D. Orr, R.Ph., of Caledonia.

On November 14, 2013, Orr was convicted of Causing Drugs Held for Sale to be Misbranded After Shipment in Interstate Commerce, a felony.  Orr was ordered to pay an assessment of $100.00, and a fine of $30,000.00.

On March 6, 2014, LARA issued an order summarily suspending Orr’s license pursuant to the Public Health Code which provides for the mandatory summary suspension of a health professional’s license upon the conviction of a felony, a misdemeanor punishable by imprisonment for a maximum term of two years, or a controlled substance-related conviction.

Thomas N. VerHage, R.Ph., of Kentwood.

On November 13, 2013, VerHage was convicted of Causing Drugs Held for Sale to be Misbranded After Shipment in Interstate Commerce, a felony.  VerHage was ordered to pay an assessment of $100.00, and a fine of $30,000.00.

On March 6, 2014, LARA issued an order summarily suspending VerHage’s license pursuant to the Public Health Code which provides for the mandatory summary suspension of a health professional’s license upon the conviction of a felony, a misdemeanor punishable by imprisonment for a maximum term of two years, or a controlled substance-related conviction.

Eleven others which include Kentwood Pharmacy’s CEO and the company’s Director of Sales were among those named in federal indictments based on a multi-agency investigation.




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