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Monday, February 6, 2012

DEA Suspends License to Dispense Prescription Narcotics

Florida has been identified as the epicenter of prescription narcotic abuse and the source of the majority of prescriptions written for drugs like oxycodone and hydrocodone. As the fight against prescription drug abuse in Florida continues the DEA has now chosen to go after certain pharmacies as well as well as a prescription drug distribution center after suspicious activities were spotted. The Drug Enforcement Administration has charged Cardinal Health and two Florida CVS pharmacies with violating their licenses to sell controlled drugs.

The claim is that Cardinal Health had an unusually high amount of shipments of prescription pain killers to four pharmacies. Cardinal Health’s controlled substance license has been suspended at its distribution center in Lakeland, Florida. Cardinal Health distributes to 2,500 pharmacies in Florida, Georgia and South Carolina, according to USA Today. This will be the third time in five years that the DEA has suspended Cardinal’s controlled substances license.

A federal judge granted a temporary restraining order against the DEA’s suspension order until a preliminary hearing is conducted on February 13th, until then Cardinal Health will be allowed to continue distributing.

The DEA also raided two CVS pharmacies in Florida, and suspended their licenses to dispense controlled substances, the article notes. At the end of last year CVS sent letters to some physicians in Florida stating that they will not fill prescriptions they write for oxycodone and other Schedule II narcotic drugs, which has spurred some doctors to take legal action against CVS.


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Hope by the Sea is once again honored to be featured on A & E’s INTERVENTION. Tune in to INTERVENTION February 13, 2012, to meet Zeinah. This episode will premiere on Monday, February 13th at 10pm and 2am ET/PT.

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