The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration is cracking down. This week, the controlled substance licenses of two CVS pharmacies were revoked after a series of legal hearings and proceedings through the summer upheld the DEA’s findings.
This isn’t the first time mainstream pharmacies have been the focus of inquiry in Florida. In 2012, Walgreens had 53 pharmacies on the DEA’s Top 100 purchasers of oxycodone in Florida.
In warrants, the DEA states that in just the first two months of 2012, there are 53 Walgreen’s pharmacies listed in the agencies top 100 purchasers of oxycodone, half of them in Florida. That’s compared to zero Walgreen’s pharmacies being on that list in 2009, according to April 7th report by CNN.
In other investigations, Walgreens was a center of scrutiny. For example, a Walgreens pharmacy in Fort Myers went from selling 95,800 units of oxycodone in 2009 to more than 2.1 million units in 2011 good for 67 percent of all the oxycodone purchased by pharmacies in that same zip code in 2011.