“The Drug Enforcement Administration said on Monday it raided two CVS pharmacies over the weekend as part of an effort to curb the abuse of prescription painkillers and other potentially addictive substances.
The action, which occurred on Saturday, came one day after the agency suspended the license of drug distributor Cardinal Health Inc, prohibiting it from shipping such products from its facility in Lakeland, Florida.
Florida’s drug enforcers have been cracking down on pharmacies for several years, but this is the first time they have targeted a major chain.
Mark Trouville, special agent in charge of DEA’s Miami bureau, said at a press conference that last year the two pharmacies, located 5.5 miles apart in Sanford, about 30 miles south of Orlando, ordered 3 million doses of the painkiller oxycodone. That compares to an national average of 69,000.” — Barbara Liston and Toni Clarke, Copyright 2012 Thomson Reuters