Witness: Pharmacist Sold Drugs Out Back Door

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By Ellen Kurt

DES MOINES, Iowa —The Iowa Board of Pharmacy is reviewing more than 20 administrative charges against Mark Graziano of Bauder's Pharmacy during a hearing Tuesday.

The board filed the charges in May against Graziano and the pharmacy after more than 740,000 hydrocodone pain pills were found missing. Graziano faces 27 charges and the pharmacy faces 26.

Officials said the investigation was started after an anonymous man called the board in Sept. 2011. He said he was an addict and had been getting pills from Graziano out the back door of the pharmacy. The man claimed the drugs were being sold to several people.

The investigation ordered an audit of the pharmacy that found that 740,888 pills were missing.

An auditor who discovered the pills missing testified on Tuesday morning.

KCCI's Laura Nichols said Graziano disagreed with the testimony a number of times, saying "Are you kidding me?"

Officials said the pills have a street value of $10 to $20 for each pill.

Graziano's license has been suspended pending the outcome of the hearing. He is not facing any criminal charges at this point.

The man who called the board to report Graziano provided testimony Tuesday afternoon.

Kirby Small said he was a customer of Bauder's.

"There was an argument that turned into personal vengeance. I was doing a lot of pills at the time and not in my right mind," said Small. "They basically cut me off, that pissed me off. They changed from decent people to money hungry."

Graziano's defense pointed out during cross examination that Small has a criminal past. Small told the hearing he never distributed any of the pills.

"The most I ever did was drop my friend off in the parking lot. He would go in and get the pills and I would wait for him in the back," Small said.

Small said he has been interviewed by the DEA about the case.
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