Pharmacist admits to distributing oxycodone, methadone illegally after hours

A Titusville pharmacist has pled guilty to distributing and dispensing multiple drugs, including oxycodone and methadone, after hours in exchange for cash.

Basil Samir Itani, 46, pled guilty to distributing and dispensing controlled substances last week in the U.S. Middle District Court of Florida. Itani is facing a maximum penalty of 20 years in federal prison.

According to the plea agreement, on nine different occasions between January 5, 2023 and May 24, 2023, a confidential source purchased controlled substances from Itani at his business, the Itani Family Pharmacy.

The confidential source did not have a prescription for any of the purchases. According to court records, the source would made the purchase after hours at the pharmacy, which is located at 2507 Garden Street in Titusville.

Multiple controlled substances were purchased during the transactions, including oxycodone, methadone, morphine, methylphenidate, and alprazolam.

“Itani distributed and dispensed these controlled substances in an unauthorized manner by acting outside the usual course of professional practice and not for a legitimate medical purpose,” reads a statement from the office of Roger B. Handberg, the U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Florida.

A sentencing date has not yet been set in the case.

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