Relationships between pharmacists and customers are based upon trust.
Two local druggists, however, are accused of breaching the trust of their clientele.
Last week, Hellertown Pharmacy employees Lena Lasher, 45, and Peter Riccio, 59, were indicted by federal authorities on charges related to an alleged multi-million dollar, international prescription fraud scheme that revolved around the online sale of addictive painkillers.
In March of this year, North Dakota authorities accused them of engaging in a similar operation.
The charges announced last week were made public after the Hellertown Pharmacy--which opened with a highly-publicized celebration nearly two years ago--was raided Nov. 29 by agents for the FBI, DEA and IRS, much to the shock of many Saucon Valley residents.
In spite of the raid and the arrests the pharmacy remains open, although the employees who were working there late last week declined to comment when asked about Lasher and Riccio, according to an Express-Times article.
The same article indicated that a pretrial conference for the two Hellertown pharmacists is scheduled for Dec. 10.
Lasher and Riccio are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law, but in light of the charges, some customers may decide to shop for their prescriptions elsewhere.
Tell us in the comments below: In light of the allegations against Lasher and Riccio, do you trust the Hellertown Pharmacy? If you've been a customer, what do you plan to do with your business?