CVS yanks oxycodone from some Fla. pharmacies

Pharmacies have taken different approaches to some of the problems raised by the prescription drug epidemic, such as doctor shopping and the risk of pharmacy robberies. Walgreens, for example, installed time-delayed safes in all of its Washington stores to hold supplies of OxyContin. Now, CVS has notified some Florida doctors and the state’s surgeon general that it will no longer fill prescriptions written for strong narcotics, including oxycodone (read the letter here.) A recent report found that deaths caused by oxycodone in 2010 were up by 27.9% as compared with 2009.

Read more about Florida’s struggle with prescription drug addiction here and here.

About Erin Marie Daly

I’m a freelance journalist based in San Francisco. My book on prescription drug and heroin addiction was published in August 2014 by Counterpoint Press.
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