NJ Division of Consumer Affairs Obtains Surrenders of Three Pharmacies'
Ability to Dispense Controlled Drugs, Due to Alleged Failure to
Comply With State CDS Requirements
NEWARK – New Jersey Acting Attorney General John J. Hoffman and Consumer Affairs
Director Eric T. Kanefsky today announced the owners of three pharmacies agreed to the
surrender of their ability to possess or sell Controlled Dangerous Substances (CDS), due to the
pharmacies' alleged failure to comply with State requirements regarding the dispensing of those
The three pharmacies are Olde Medford Pharmacy and Medford Family Pharmacy, both owned
by Michael Ludwiskowski, and Reiter's Family Pharmacy, located in Ocean Township and
owned by Mark Forgang. In separate actions last week, the owners of both pharmacies
voluntarily surrendered the State-issued CDS registrations that authorized their pharmacies to
handle and dispense controlled medications.
The surrenders resulted from alleged failures to comply with New Jersey's requirements
pertaining to controlled substances, which were uncovered during inspections performed by the
New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs' Enforcement Bureau.
All CDS medications have been removed from the three pharmacies. The three stores are now
prohibited from possessing, ordering, manufacturing, or distributing any medication that is
classified as a Controlled Dangerous Substance. Each store's entrance now bears a notice to
the public, indicating that the State has revoked the store's ability to carry or sell controlled
"Prescription drug diversion fuels addiction, contributes to the demand for heroin, and ruins lives
across America. We are using every investigative and enforcement tool available to win this
fight," Acting Attorney General Hoffman said. "A doctor's or pharmacist's ability to work with
these drugs is not a right, but a privilege granted by the State. It is our duty to revoke that
privilege when we find violations of New Jersey's requirements for the responsible management
of these drugs."
Pharmacies in New Jersey are licensed by the State Board of Pharmacy. However, no licensed
pharmacy may possess or distribute medications classified as Controlled Dangerous
Substances, without a CDS registration issued by the State Consumer Affairs Director.
The actions announced today are considered revocations of each pharmacy's CDS registration.
If the owners should seek in the future to obtain a new CDS registration, they would need to
apply to the Consumer Affairs Director, provide proof that the pharmacy is able to comply with
State CDS requirements, and submit to a thorough inspection similar to that required for a new
Attorney General Hoffman noted that the New Jersey Prescription Monitoring Program
(NJPMP), administered by the Division of Consumer Affairs, played an important role in the
investigations. The NJPMP tracks the prescription sale of all CDS medications dispensed in
New Jersey. It provides important information for investigations into pill diversion cases, and
assists prescribers and pharmacists as a vital tool for patient care.
The Division of Consumer Affairs' Enforcement Bureau conducted the State's investigations into
the three pharmacies, in partnership with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, Medford
Township Police Department, Ocean Township Police Department, and Wall Township Police
Department. Deputy Attorney General David Puteska, of the Division of Law, is representing
the State in these matters.
For more information on the New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs' initiative to halt the
diversion and abuse of prescription drugs, view the Division's NJPMP website at
www.NJConsumerAffairs.gov/pmp, and the Division's Project Medicine Drop website at
Consumers who believe they have been cheated or scammed by a business, or suspect any other form of consumer abuse,
can file an online complaint with the State Division of Consumer Affairs by visiting
its website or by calling 1-800-242-5846 (toll free within New Jersey) or 973-504- 6200.
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