Sean Jones, The Progress-Index
HOPEWELL - The local pharmacy Hometown Drug was issued an Immediate Suspension by the Drug Enforcement Administration, according to DEA spokesperson Katherine Hayek.
Suspensions are reserved for businesses that are considered “imminent dangers to public health or safety.”
DEA officials closed the pharmacy after executing a search warrant in the morning of Sept. 9. Hometown Drug will still remain open for regular store sales, but its prescription pharmacy is closed indefinitely.
Hayek said that suspensions typically require a strong amount of evidence that a crime was committed. Official charges are still pending from the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
The DEA says that it is working diligently to notify all of the pharmacy’s customers about how to pick up their prescriptions while the store is closed down. Their orders are being rerouted to other local pharmacies in the area.
George Fetko is listed as the president and pharmacist at Hometown Drug. According to an April 20 story in The Progress-Index, Fetko and Aaron Lohnes, who has been working at Hometown Drug since 2017, opened Back Home Pharmacy last February in Waverly.
When asked if the Waverly location was also being investigated, Hayek said that perpetrators in cases like this often work with other people and that close contacts would be part of any further investigation.
A call to the Hopewell location was not answered. Messages left for both Fetko and Lohnes seeking comment on the investigation have not yet been answered.