An Alexander County Pharmacy abruptly closed last week amidst a cloud of controversy.
Evans Drugs, located on Highway 127 in the Bethlehem Community closed on Tuesday, February 18th. A Walgreens store in Hickory is filling former Evans Drug’s prescriptions. There was no formal notice that the store was planning to close according to a number of former customers. A customer said, “It was open one day and strangely closed the next.” Efforts to contact the business were not successful.
The North Carolina Board of Pharmacy website shows that the pharmacy’s license is still active through Dec. 31, 2020. The site lists Joy Bowman Evans as manager and as a pharmacist. Donaver Matherly Evans, II, is also listed in the system but as an inactive pharmacist. He was first licensed in 2005 in North Carolina. However, a disciplinary action is listed on the website as having been filed against Mr. Evans. That document is entitled, “Voluntary Surrender Of Pharmacist License For Cause,” and was filed December 19, 2019. “Mr. Evans admits that while employed with Evans Drug & Company Permit No. 10643, located on 10187 NC Hwy 127, Hickory, North Carolina, he has committed acts that give the North Carolina Board Pharmacy sufficient cause to revoke his pharmacist license. Considering that, Mr. Evans voluntarily surrenders his license as a pharmacist in North Carolina.”
The posting also states that “Mr. Evans is not to be present in a pharmacy setting unless he has a valid prescription from a treating physician. Mr. Evans also understands and accepts that he is not to work as a pharmacist in the state of North Carolina unless the license is reinstated by the Board following a formal hearing.”
Another former Evans customer told me, “I was in the store on Monday and sensed something was going on but I thought nothing else about it until I went there Wednesday and they were closed.” Sheriff Chris Bowman said Tuesday, “I heard they were closed but we (Alexander County Sheriff’s Office) were not part of any investigation.”