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According to the USA Today article:
"This is the second time the DEA has taken action against Cardinal. In 2008, Cardinal paid a $34 million fine after the DEA accused it of shipping excessive amounts of hydrocodone, another powerful painkiller, to Internet pharmacies. As part of that settlement, the DEA suspended licenses at three distribution facilities for a year."
The DEA is still considering civil penalties and fines. For the next five years, Cardinal Health has also agreed to:
- Review orders for the controlled drugs at each of Cardinal's 28 distribution facilities
- Routinely visit pharmacies that they distribute to observe any signs of diversion
- Hire more field inspectors to specifically follow Florida pharmacies