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Pharmacists' licenses suspended over illegal narcotics sales

Florida health officials said this week they have suspended the licenses of two Tampa Bay pharmacists accused of illegally selling narcotic medications. Demetrios George Dorovenis, 31, agreed to fill narcotic prescriptions in exchange for $50 per prescription. He received his payments from the customer, identified by the initials E.M., inside the CVS pharmacy at 294 37th Ave. N in St. Petersburg or in its parking lot. Authorities say Dorovenis estimated receiving $10,000 to $15,000 from the customer. They say he also fraudulently discounted the prescriptions he filled, resulting in a loss to CVS of nearly $14,000. Dorovenis was arrested in August on charges including grand theft. Health officials also suspended the license of Ashish Patel, 36, a Valrico pharmacist accused of selling oxycodone to an undercover officer without a valid prescription. Patel was the pharmacy manager at Med Express Rx in Lakeland, state records show. He was arrested last month by the Polk County Sheriff's Office on charges including trafficking in oxycodone.

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