Newnan pharmacist disciplined by state
by Wes Mayer
On July 1, Amy Elizabeth Matistic, the Newnan pharmacist accused of writing fake prescriptions for controlled substances in 2012, consented to the Georgia State Board of Pharmacy’s disciplinary action on her license.
Matistic was arrested in October 2012 following an investigation by the Coweta County Sheriff’s Office. She was charged with distributing narcotics without an order form, sale of narcotics and forgery after investigators discovered illegal drug activity was going on at her pharmacy, the Summit Healthplex Pharmacy on 1755 East highway 34.
Matistic’s assistant, Katie Lynn Brown, was also arrested and was charged with distributing narcotics without an order form, sale of narcotics and running a pharmacy without a license. The charges against her were later dropped, and Brown did not go to court.
The Georgia State Board of Pharmacy looked at numerous allegations against Matistic – which she all denied, according to the case’s docket. First, Matistic was accused of leaving her pharmacy open and operating without a licensed pharmacist on site throughout 2011 and 2012. Second, one of her former employees claimed that, during this time, she would regularly fill prescriptions without Matistic’s oversight. Another former employee reported accepting tips from out-of-state customers who filled prescriptions for controlled substances.
Another finding was that, in 2011 and 2012, an acquaintance of Matistic reported receiving multiple prescriptions for Lortab. These prescriptions were allegedly written by a doctor who denied ever seeing this acquaintance or writing the prescription. Another 20 prescriptions were reportedly filled in this same manner and signed for by the same doctor, who denied ever treating any of the patients who received these prescriptions. Matistic denied these allegations as well.
The board also found Matistic operated an unlicensed pharmacy for six months in 2012 – the Georgia Pain and Spine Clinic. Matistic denied this and claimed this new pharmacy location was known to the Georgia State Board of Pharmacy.
After considering these findings, the board ordered Matistic’s license to be suspended for five years, beginning retroactively on Oct. 5, 2012. Three years of this suspension will be stayed, though, meaning Matistic will be able to practice pharmacy again on Oct. 5, 2014. These three years will be treated as if Matistic was on probation, and at the end of this suspension period, she will be placed on probation for an additional five years – until Oct. 5, 2022.
During these 10 years, Matistic will not be able to own a pharmacy or act as the pharmacist in charge. During the probationary period, if she does practice pharmacy, she will be ordered to cooperate with any inspections or investigations by the Georgia State Board of Pharmacy.
Any pharmacy employer or pharmacist in charge whom Matistic might work for will also be required to submit quarterly reports to the board about Matistic’s employment. In addition, Matistic must notify the board of any changes to her residence or office within 10 days, according to the docket.
Additionally, Matistic was fined $25,000, and she was ordered to pay the fine in $5,000 increments over five years. She was also ordered to pay a $500 administrative fine to the pharmacy board.
According to the docket, if Matistic complies with these orders over the 10-year period, the Georgia State Board of Pharmacy will review and evaluate her and may restore all her rights and privileges. If she does not comply, she may face more disciplinary action.
The criminal charges against Matistic, however, have all been dropped.