The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration has reached an $80 million settlement with Walgreens Pharmacies after the company violated rules about prescribing powerful and addictive painkillers. According to Mark R. Trouville, chief of the DEA, Walgreens pharmacies in Florida violated record-keeping and dispensing rules, allowing the release of illegal drugs for abuse and sale on the street. The pharmacies continued to fill suspicious oxycodone orders and prescriptions that were not for legitimate medical use.
This $80 million civil penalty is the largest ever given under the Controlled Substances Act, according to Miami U.S. Attorney Wifredo Ferrer. Trouville called the store’s violations “a clear example of inexcusable corporate conduct that existed only for greed and profit.” Florida has been known for being a “pill mill” state with easy access to prescription drugs, but officials have been cracking down on prescription drug abuse in recent years.
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