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Imprisoned Pharmacist Fights for License

A Tampa pharmacist doing time for his role in a pill mill operation is trying to retain his license, the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Christopher Switlyk, who is serving five years in federal prison, has appealed sanctions from the Florida Board of Pharmacy and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, which had excluded him from participating in federal programs such as Medicare for 20 years, the Times reports.

Switlyk’s appeals, which have included teleconferencing in from prison, have failed, according to the Times.

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