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Clinic Agrees to Pay Forfeiture

IOWA CITY (AP) -- A medical practice based in Clinton says it has agreed to pay a civil forfeiture of $229,000 after receiving and dispensing prescription drugs that did not have a proper warning label.

Jeffrey Lang, an attorney for Medical Associates of Clinton, said Thursday that the drugs themselves were safe and appropriately administered to patients.

He says Medical Associates was one of hundreds of clinics and hospitals across the country that received prescription drugs from a wholesaler that did not include the mandatory "Rx-only" label. Lang says Medical Associates cooperated with an investigation by the Food and Drug Administration.

The $229,000 forfeiture represents the price for the improperly labeled drugs the clinic purchased.

Lang says the clinic has taken steps to make sure similar problems do not happen again.

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