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October 31, 2006

Albany -- The pharmacist at an Albany drug store seized earlier this month by the county was in court Tuesday to determine whether he can reclaim control of TLC Drugs.

District Attorney Ken Hodges asked Dougherty County Superior Court Judge Loring Gray to extend a receivership for TLC Pharmacy. A civil complaint was filed earlier this month against majority owner and pharmacist Thomas McSwain, the drug store, and Dr. George Lawrence.

The complaint alleged Lawrence over prescribed high-powered painkillers, and the pharmacy filled most of those prescriptions.

An expert witness testified the prescriptions for more than 70 patients should have set off alarm bells.

What was the problem? The combination, it doesn't seem logical that she would need the combination of Carisoprodol and Dilaudid-- if she had a peptic ulcer and Crohn's Disease.

Pharmacist Thomas McSwain testified that he disagreed with Holbrook's assessment of the prescriptions and said that the prescriptions could be appropriate based on a patient's condition.

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