Thursday, November 29, 2012

DEA probes Walgreens pharmacies over drug diversion in Florida

The Miami Field Division of the DEA issued 3 Walgreens pharmacies in FL with orders to show cause - notifications that are given to facilities requiring them to prove why they should be allowed to keep their licenses.

DEA probes Walgreens pharmacies over drug diversion in Florida - South Florida

"In April the DEA said it would inspect six Walgreens pharmacies and its Florida distribution center after the agency noticed a jump in purchases of the painkiller oxycodone. On September 14, the distribution center's registration was suspended. An administrative hearing is scheduled to begin on that matter on January 7, 2013.

The DEA has been ratcheting up its focus on drug wholesalers and pharmacies over the past year as attempts to battle what the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention calls a prescription drug abuse epidemic. Deaths from narcotic pain-killers now exceed those of heroin and cocaine combined.

Florida has long been considered the epicenter of prescription drug abuse and the DEA has dismantled dozens of "pill mills" - sham pain clinics whose doctors write prescriptions for thousands of pain pills to drug dealers and addicts."

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