Federal agents from the Drug Enforcement Administration searched a Walgreens distribution center in Jupiter, Fla., and six of its drug stores in central Florida to see if the company or its employees had sold or distributed an excessive numbers of pain pills, authorities said Friday.
Walgreens is the latest to come under scrutiny over the sale of prescription drugs as DEA named Florida the biggest source of narcotic pain pills in the Southeast.
DEA monitors the transportation of narcotics like oxycodone, what it calls the most heavily abused pain drug, and noted the distribution center in Jupiter supplied 53 of the top 100 Florida store purchasers of the drug.
The agency has already suspended pain medication sales in certain pharmacies and a Cardinal Health distribution center in Lakeland, Fla. DEA said it will continue to target distribution centers and other areas along the supply chain, not just storefronts, in its efforts.
As the abuse of the drug continues the agency said it may consider requiring more information from the supply chain such as increased batch monitoring and options like the requirement for a unified tag or barcode to track the drug from its arrival at a distribution center to its final point of sale. - Geoff Whiting