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Dubuque Econo Foods owners charged $25,000

DUBUQUE (KWWL) -- The company that owned an Econo Foods store in Dubuque will end up paying thousands of dollars in penalties. Nash Finch closed the store late last year, meaning people needing prescriptions suddenly had to go somewhere else. Econo Foods sold their prescriptions to HyVee before giving patients notice.

Wednesday morning, the Iowa Pharmacy Board fined Nash Finch $25,000 -- the highest fine they can issue under this law.

This all started when the company was charged with failure to notify the board two weeks prior to closing, as well as failure to give patients two weeks to move their prescriptions.

However a third charge, engaging in unethical practices by agreeing to sell prescriptions to HyVee, was overturned.

Although the agreement was based on the number of transferred patients, meaning Nash Finch received more money if more patients stayed with HyVee, the state didn't have enough evidence to charge them.

It's the ethical dilemma that could result in a change in Iowa law. Currently HyVee has not been charged in this case. The Iowa Attorney General's office couldn't verify whether HyVee is under investigation. Sources tell us a formal complaint has been filed.

Nash Finch has 30 days to pay the $25,000 fine.

Online Reporter: Lauren Squires

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