Drug wholesaler owned by former Ann Arbor school board member sues U.S. over suspension
A Michigan-based wholesaler of powerful painkillers has filed a lawsuit to stop the government from suspending its license to handle controlled substances.
The Harvard Drug Group, which is co-owned by former Ann Arbor school board member Randy Friedman, turned to federal court in Detroit on Wednesday, a day after the Drug Enforcement Administration announced the suspension.
The DEA says Livonia-based Harvard Drug should have known some customers in Florida were trafficking in painkillers, such as oxycodone. The company supplies doctors and pharmacies.
In response, Harvard Drug says it regularly reports suspicious orders to the DEA and has canceled accounts with customers it doesn't trust. The company says the government is violating its due process rights.
DEA spokesman Rich Isaacson declined to comment.
Friedman served on the Ann Arbor school board from 2002 until April, when he resigned for personal reasons. His children go to Detroit Country day school, and he previously bought a house in Birmingham.