Pharmacist accused of diluting drugs pleads guilty


Staff report

YOUNGSTOWN

A pharmacist accused of intentionally diluting prescription drugs pleaded guilty to illegal processing of drug documents and tampering with evidence.

Ernest Perrin, 28, of Boardman, faced 20 charges related to the acts which occurred while he was a pharmacist at the Select Specialty Hospital Regional Pharmacy on Market Street in Boardman.

He entered his plea Tuesday in Mahoning County Common Pleas Court.

Prosecutors dropped five counts each of tampering with drugs and misbranding prohibitions in exchange for the plea.

In February 2017, the Ohio Board of Pharmacy suspended Perrin’s pharmacy license and claimed his continued practice would “present a danger of immediate and serious harm to others.”

Perrin admitted he diluted intravenous antibiotics to reduce costs, according to a notice issued by the state pharmacy board.

The alleged infractions occurred between Jan. 1 and Feb. 23.

The pharmacy board claims Perrin administered 105 vials of one antibiotic when his pharmacy only ordered nine vials. In three other cases, Perrin administered a greater number of vials than the pharmacy possessed.

Prosecutors plan to recommend probation given that Perrin agreed to permanently forfeit his pharmacist’s license.

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