NEW: Grand jury criticizes Pharmacy Board, director

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- A grand jury evaluating criminal cases involving prescription drugs has criticized of the Tennessee Board of Pharmacy and its director for refusing to meet with the panel.

But Department of Health officials felt the board's director, Kevin Eidson, wasn't the best person to speak with the grand jury.

Eidson recommended a doctor to the grand jury who can speak about prescription drugs.

The grand jury report also criticized the board for impeding criminal investigations.

Jurors quoted investigators as saying the board refused to help them.

The Tennessean newspaper earlier this year found that the board had not aggressively sought to stamp out wrongdoing. The paper's investigation followed the arrest of Williamson County Sheriff Ricky Headley, who is accused of obtaining prescription drugs illegally from Nashville pharmacist Glenn Brooks.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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