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Canton Pharmacist Has License Summarily Suspended

Contact: T.J. Bucholz (517) 241-2112
Agency: Community Health, Department of

January 5, 2006

The Michigan Department of Community Health (MDCH) has summarily suspended the pharmacist license of Babubhai A. Patel, R.Ph. The MDCH Bureau of Health Professions orders a summary suspension when it believes that the public’s health, safety, and welfare warrant emergency action.

The suspension was a result of an investigation conducted by MDCH, which revealed that Patel’s pharmacy, Levan Pharmacy, located in Highland Park, Michigan, was open for business without Patel being present. During the time the pharmacy was open, the Pharmacy was receiving prescription information and dispensing prescriptions, including a prescription for a controlled substance. The MDCH inspector also discovered that controlled substances, including schedule 2 controlled substances were left unsecured in the open pharmacy.

On December 20, 2005, MDCH issued an order immediately suspending Patel’s license pursuant to the Public Health Code. An administrative hearing will be scheduled to address the status of Patel’s pharmacist license.

For more information on disciplinary actions taken by the health professional licensing boards within MDCH, please go to http://www.michigan.gov/mdch, and click on Health Systems and Licensing.