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Pharmacist’s trial moved to April

By MELINDA WILLIAMS

melinda@southwesttimes.com

WYTHE COUNTY – The trial of a former Dublin pharmacist facing multiple drug charges in Wythe County has been moved to April.

Russell Stuart Gates, 52, was supposed to be tried on the charges in March, but online court records show that the case was continued until April 21, 9:30 a.m., in Wythe County Circuit Court. The type of case is now listed online as a “plea” rather than trial.

Gates’ right to renew his license to practice as a pharmacist was placed on “indefinite suspension” through the Virginia Board of Pharmacy since March 2013, according to a Consent Order on file with Virginia Department of Health Professions. The suspension was then “stayed” under the condition Gates enter into the Virginia Health Practitioners’ Monitoring Program (HPMP), which provides services to health practitioners impaired by physical and mental disabilities or chemical dependency.

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