DEA Searches Six Florida Walgreens Pharmacies

As part of its investigation into whether chain drug stores with higher than usual sales of prescription painkillers are actually feeding those drugs to the black market, the DEA has served administrative inspection warrants at six Walgreens stores and one of the chain’s warehouses, all in Florida.

The Wall Street Journal reports that the investigation is currently on a regulatory measure and not yet an indication that the searched stores are involved in any criminal activity. However, the DEA could choose to bar these pharmacies from distributing controlled substances. If the warehouse is no longer allowed to handle controlled drugs, that could have a wider impact, affecting stores that are not currently involved in the investigation.

The DEA has already blocked two CVS pharmacies in Florida from selling controlled substances.

DEA Agents Search Six Walgreen Pharmacies in Florida [WSJ.com]

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  1. AlteredBeast (blaming the OP one article at a time.) says:

    There totally should be a “LOL Florida” tag.

  2. consumed says:

    Are they winning the war on drugs yet?

  3. catastrophegirl chooses not to fly says:

    my mom told me about this a few weeks ago because it involves a location she used to get her prescriptions from.

  4. Phil Keeps It Real [Consumerist] says:

    Just think how long has this been going on, & its only now that the DEA caught on. Jiminy Cricket !!!!

  5. dolemite says:

    The whole war on drugs is hilarious. “It’s only against the law when the government can’t tax it and corporations can’t profit from it.”

    • partofme says:

      Does Walgreens profit when selling drugs into to the black market? Ok.. so that’s contrary to what you’ve said.

      How about “can’t tax it”? Please enumerate the things that the gov’t cannot tax Constitutionally… and then demonstrate that this list matches the list of things that are illegal. (Hint: it doesn’t.)

  6. YouDidWhatNow? says:

    The article doesn’t list the addresses of said stores. I need to go to them and…investigate.

  7. Cat says:

    I’m sure it’s because there is a scrip mill nearby.

  8. r-nice says:

    Oh Florida, Florida, Florida.

    • jnl says:

      Florida has the problem because “trash” moves there from the Northeast and the West! Florida doesn’t need these types; they should go back home!

  9. VihoDia says:

    The type of drugs they are investigating are controls and require a doctor’s script, why aren’t they going after to the source Doctors who generate the prescription? I’m not finding any allegations that Walgreens made up the prescriptions they filled, only they filled too many. How are pharmacies suppose to know when to stop filling certain types of prescriptions, to avoid the DEA’s scrutiny?

  10. big_d says:

    I suspect that this had something to do with the country wide shortage of Opana ER recently, despite the official explanations.

  11. NCB says:

    In NC now you not only have to have a paper prescription but you have to sign for controlled substances also. Also several pharmacists (not the drug store itself) have been convicted of shorting prescriptions and selling the skimmed drugs on the illegal market. One was in my small little town at a very reputable, nonchain, local pharmacy.

  12. DarkPsion says:

    They went after a pharmacy here in Oklahoma because of a “surge in number of Pain Killer prescriptions”.

    The fact that three other pharmacies in the area shut down and people switched their prescriptions was not important to the investigation.

  13. poehitman says:

    Anyone know WHICH ONES got nailed? I live in FL and depend on CVS for my pain killers for my disability.

  14. dicobalt says:

    I think I know a doctor that is implicated in this. He has been banned from giving out painkiller prescriptions and will get arrested if he writes another prescription for painkillers. He always has new people working in this office too, nobody lasts more than a few months. It’s very odd. Plus the Walgreens pharmacy down here suddenly needs to order our prescriptions and never seems to have anything in stock.

  15. XTREME TOW says:

    If your xcelent customer service and competitive prices cause a decrease of your competitors business and an increase of your own profits, NO WORRIES!
    Your competitors will just call the Feds, and report a suspicious increase in narcotics sales.
    Finally! Someone is doing the right thing.

  16. Ratran says:

    Oxy is big here in Florida. Selling for $30 a pill in the “black market.” Doesn’t surprise me one bit.

  17. Ratran says:

    Oxy is big here in Florida. Selling for $30 a pill in the “black market.” Doesn’t surprise me one bit.