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CVS to stock R.I. Walgreens stores with Narcan

narcan-with-needle3The opiate overdose antidote Narcan will soon be available in all CVS pharmacies in Rhode Island without a prescription. The move comes as the state is seeing a surge in recent deaths due to opiate drug overdoses, which can be reversed by Narcan, also known as naloxone. Narcan can be administered as a nasal spray or an injection, and CVS says it will offer both, following in the footsteps of a similar move by Walgreens last year.

Rhode Island ranks among the highest in the country in illicit drug use, including the non-medical use of prescription painkillers and per capita overdose deaths.
In the first four months of 2014, 90 Rhode Islanders died from accidental drug overdoses, a 23% increase from the 73 drug overdoses reported during the same period last year.

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DEA bans Walgreens from shipping Oxy in Fla.

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency has barred Walgreens from shipping oxycodone and other controlled drugs from its Jupiter, Fla., distribution center after finding that the company failed to maintain proper controls to ensure it didn’t dispense drugs to addicts and drug dealers.

According to the DEA, the 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.

The strike against Walgreens comes just after the DEA revoked the controlled substances licenses for two CVS pharmacies in Sanford, Fla., after also accusing them of dispensing excessive amounts of oxycodone.

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

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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.

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