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October 6, 2006

Albany -- Dougherty County prosecutors want to get the word out- a pharmacy they shut down this week for overfilling pain killer prescriptions is back open.  

Assistant DAs and sheriff's deputies raided TLC Drugs Wednesday. Prosecutors say Dr. George Lawrence illegally wrote prescriptions for powerful painkillers, and TLC filled 95% of those prescriptions.

Owner and operator Pharmacist Thomas McSwain is now under investigation.

A court appointed a management team to run the pharmacy so customers would not be without their medicine. Attorney Michael Ambrose and a team of pharmacists and techs are now in charge.  

"All the services that are available for customers are presently available now, including delivers and any other pharmaceutical needs," said Chief Assistant DA Greg Edwards.   Prosecutors are investigating the deaths of at least seven patients for whom Dr. Lawrence prescribed narcotics.

Under Thomas McSwain's management, TLC Drugs was number one in the state for selling the powerful drug Dilaudid.

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