Pharmacists hesitant to fill alleged pill mill doctor’s prescriptions

Pharmacists hesitant to fill alleged pill mill doctor's prescriptions (Image 1)

Nashville's News 2 Investigates took a look at the inside of an alleged pill mill.

Long-time camera man Al Devine came along to help with the investigation.

Devine went into a Nashville pain clinic that drug task force agents said was a pill mill.

First, he calls the clinic to make an appointment, but no one answers, so he along with Nashville's News 2 Investigates goes straight to the source.

“Yeah, I tired to call earlier and the voice mail was full,” Devine told the receptionist.

“Try calling again,” she responds.

The receptionist told Devine to call another staff member who is in the same office, a mere few feet away.

Devine said that the other staff member made it very clear a visit to the doctor would cost $300.

“300 dollars. I don't know how many times they said 300 dollars. They never said anything about insurance. They never even asked what was wrong,” he said of the phone call.

An appointment was placed for early June.

In the parking lot, there is a woman sitting under a tree with a prescription from the doctor, but nowhere to go.

When asked which pharmacy Devine should go to, she responded, “I was trying to find out. I was hoping you would know.”

Devine said that he walked around with a piece of paper in his hand, asking people where to get prescriptions filled, and everyone was saying you have to go out of town and that nowhere nearby will take it.

A few hours later, Devine returned with Nashville's News 2 Investigates to see if their appointment could be moved up.

Two men waiting inside had prescriptions and nowhere to go, saying they have been searching for a pharmacy that would take them for two or three days.

“Nobody likes to fill Dr. [Redacted]'s stuff,” one man said.

“Best thing to do is to go out of town,” he added.

The doctor at the clinic that Devine and Nashville's News 2 Investigates was trying to see has a clean record with the Tennessee Department of Health.

Pharmacists, however, said that they will not fill this doctor's prescriptions.

The quantity he prescribes too high, as well as the fact that he prescribes them to people from all over the state and nearby cities.

Pharmacists concluded that those things are red flags.

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