SPRINGFIELD | Federal grand jurors have indicted a southwest Missouri pharmacist accused of diluting a powerful cough syrup and forging prescriptions for a painkiller.
Acting U.S. Attorney Matt J. Whitworth announced in a news release that 54-year-old Jeffrey M. Gregory of Springfield was charged in a four-count indictment that was returned Friday and unsealed Tuesday.
The charges against the former pharmacist at Family Pharmacy in Nixa include tampering with consumer products and acquiring a controlled substance by fraud.
Gregory is accused of diluting amounts of the cough suppressant Tussionex in early April 2008.
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The indictment also alleges that Gregory wrote phony prescriptions for the painkiller Hydrocodone, filled them and kept the drug for himself.