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A landmark Des Moines pharmacy will no longer fill prescriptions, though it will continue to sell its popular ice cream.

Guy Cook, who is a lawyer for Bauder’s Pharmacy, confirmed Wednesday that the longtime business will stop filling prescriptions at the end of this month. It will concentrate on its old-fashioned soda fountain, complete with homemade ice cream. The store also will sell sundries and over-the-counter medications, he said.

Cook called the move “a business decision” by the family that owns the Ingersoll Avenue store.

The store was the site of controversy in recent years, amid allegations that one of its owners, Mark Graziano, diverted hundreds of thousands of addictive pain pills into the black market, where they were sold to drug abusers. Graziano denied the allegations, which first came to light in 2012. But he pleaded guilty to two federal charges and was sentenced in February 2015 to spend up to two years in prison. He also lost his pharmacist’s license.

Cook said Graziano was released from federal custody this week, and “will be home for the holidays.”

The Ingersoll Avenue store, which has been in the Graziano family since 1947, is a west-side institution.

Mark Graziano’s sister, Kim Robertson, who is a pharmacist, was not charged in the drug-diversion case. Prosecutors have said they don't believe she was involved in the crimes. Robertson has led the business in recent years, and was able to regain a full state license for the pharmacy. She declined comment Wednesday.

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