The recent investigation of a Walgreens distribution center and six Walgreens pharmacy stores in Florida shows that the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) is continuing to attack pharmacies, including the largest pharmacy chains.
On Wednesday, April 4, 2012, the DEA issued inspection warrants to the Florida Walgreens distribution center and six pharmacies. According to the warrant, the DEA is investigating these Walgreens pharmacies in Florida to determine if the pharmacies are dispensing controlled substances outside the scope of their registration in violation of federal laws and regulation.
The warrant was filed in U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida and also stated that under the U.S. Controlled Substances Act, a warrant may be issued for valid public interest and without the type of probable cause needed under criminal law.
The inspection warrants will allow DEA investigators to review pharmacy’ records and receipts. The pharmacies are not required to stop selling controlled substances, which include painkillers like oxycodone and hydrocodone, during the DEA’s inspection.
The inspection of Walgreens’ pharmacies in Florida is only one of the latest attacks against pharmacies and pain management clinics by the DEA. Earlier this year, the DEA suspended Cardinal Health’s license to distribute controlled substances from one of its distribution centers in Florida. Two CVS pharmacies in Florida were also targeted by the DEA and suspended from selling controlled substances. Both companies are currently fighting the orders in court.
If you own or work at a pharmacy or pain clinic, visit our website at www.TheHealthLawFirm.com to learn more about legal matters concerning pain management and prescribing.