DEA Blocks Controlled Substance Distrubion at Florida Walgreens

FILE - This March 21, 2011 file photo, shows stacked shopping baskets in an aisle at Walgreens on Monday, in Burlington, Vt. Drugstore operator Walgreen Co. said Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2011, its fiscal first quarter profit slipped more than 4 percent due in part to a slower flu season and its decision to leave the Express Scripts Inc. pharmacy network next month. (AP Photo/Toby Talbot, File)


The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration on Friday banned a Walgreens distribution center in Jupiter from dispensing controlled substances to its pharmacies in Florida and the East Coast, saying the business constituted an "imminent danger" to the public.

The DEA said that since 2009, the Jupiter distribution center has been the single largest distributor of oxycodone products in Florida.

An immediate suspension order alleges the distribution center did not have effective controls against the illegal use of controlled substances, DEA reports.

The suspension order alleges the facility failed to conduct due diligence "to ensure that the controlled substances were not diverted into other than legitimate channels."

In a statement issued Friday, Walgreens spokesman James W. Graham said, "We take our obligations under the Controlled Substances Act very seriously and are committed to ensuring the health of our customers and the communities in which we operate."

The action only applies to the Jupiter distribution center and only suspends the distribution of controlled substances.

"Our distribution center in Jupiter, Fla., will continue to be in operation to serve the needs of our pharmacies for non-controlled prescription drugs, over-the-counter medications and general merchandise," Graham stated.

It was not immediately clear what impact, if any, the suspension order will have on Walgreens' customers who need controlled substances that would normally be dispensed from the Jupiter center.

Source: Yellowbrix

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