Walgreens to pay $80M over black-market Oxy sales

bunchofpillsThe U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency announced Tuesday that Walgreens has agreed to shell out $80 million to settle allegations that it allowed oxycodone and other controlled drugs to be diverted for black market sales from its Jupiter, Fla., distribution center.

The settlement, which is the largest in the DEA’s history, comes after the agency accused Walgreens last year of failing to maintain proper controls to ensure it didn’t dispense drugs to addicts and drug dealers.

According to the DEA, the Jupiter distribution center has been the single largest distributor of oxycodone products in Florida since 2009. In 2011, 16 of the top 25 largest oxycodone purchasers by Walgreens retail pharmacies, including the top six purchasers, were in Florida and supplied by the Jupiter center, the agency said.

Walgreens “committed an unprecedented number of record-keeping and dispensing violations” under the Controlled Substances Act, which is designed to prevent prescription painkillers from ending up on the streets, the DEA said.

In addition to the payout, Walgreens’ Jupiter center is banned from distributing and dispensing similar controlled substances until 2014. The deal also resolves similar investigations nationwide, including in Colorado, Michigan, and New York.

Separately last year, Cardinal Health reached a deal with the DEA that blocked its Lakeland, Fla. facility from distributing controlled substances for two years following similar accusations.

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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4 Responses to Walgreens to pay $80M over black-market Oxy sales

  1. sabrina lumpkin says:

    thanks for shareing Erin Marie Daly .saddley addiction is running rampit in the united states…lets hope n pray all our work fighting againest addiction for the ones we have lost will some day make a change!

  2. C. K. says:

    Knowing many older people that need and depend on class II medications to be able to function due to serious chronic pain, I am left wondering what will happen to legitimate pain patients who will be thrust into massive withdrawals and possibly fatal convulsions and other side effects. What is to become of them?

  3. John Smith says:

    The older people that depend on schedule II medication from Walgreens will be left to fend for themselves or go to mom & pop pharmacies who will be charging absorbent prices. It’s a shame that so many will suffer for the greed of a few.

  4. Karbear says:

    I am wondering who exactly does the $80 million go to? It should go to helping addicts who want help but can’t afford it!

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