DEA probes Walgreens pharmacies over drug diversion in Florida

Nov 29, 2012 Full story: Reuters 46

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration is probing three Walgreen Co pharmacies in Florida in connection with a wide-ranging investigation of the diversion of prescription drugs for illicit use.

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Sheik Yerbouti

Pennington, NJ

#1 Nov 29, 2012
Walgreens has some of the strictest policies in the business when it comes to dispensing narcotics. This is just another publicity stunt by dea thugs and publicity mad federal prosecutors. Legitimate patients have been forced to suffer because of these sadists and their made up pain pill 'crisis.'
disgovt

Delaware, OH

#2 Nov 29, 2012
Sheik. I agree 100%.
LarrySellars

United States

#3 Nov 29, 2012
Sheik Yerbouti wrote:
Walgreens has some of the strictest policies in the business when it comes to dispensing narcotics. This is just another publicity stunt by dea thugs and publicity mad federal prosecutors. Legitimate patients have been forced to suffer because of these sadists and their made up pain pill 'crisis.'
Hahaha, yeah Walgreens now has strict policies because they were forcing pharmacists to fill Narcotics and got busted by state boards and the DEA. We recieved emails in our district that basically said we had to fill all narcotics if they could be verified by the MD office.
I've heard that the DEA is requiring even stricter guidelines after Jan 1st

Since: Nov 12

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#4 Nov 29, 2012
Most of the DEA should be standing in the unemployment line. They're a waste of taxpayer money.
WAG this

Marion, IN

#5 Dec 3, 2012
LarrySellars wrote:
<quoted text>Hahaha, yeah Walgreens now has strict policies because they were forcing pharmacists to fill Narcotics and got busted by state boards and the DEA. We recieved emails in our district that basically said we had to fill all narcotics if they could be verified by the MD office.
I've heard that the DEA is requiring even stricter guidelines after Jan 1st
You got that right. They brought this on themselves. Don't get me wrong, the DEA are a bunch of self-righteous douches for going after pharmacists who were NEVER given solid direction from the DEA when this shit spiraled out of control. We were told "call to verify, document the diagnosis, then fill". Apparently, after a few years,this wasn't good enough. The AMA has too much power, so going after the doctors is out. We're their easy target.
jambug

Hollywood, FL

#6 Dec 5, 2012
My husband was refused by walgreens. He has two herniated disks and he has a bunch of pintched nerves going down his spine. After filling ever month for a year they told him he did not meet the DEA regulations. I have been to forty different pharmacy no one has the script to fill it what do we do now?

Since: Nov 12

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#7 Dec 6, 2012
What do you do now? Vote freedom. www.LP.org
Sheik Yerbouti

Pennington, NJ

#8 Dec 6, 2012
In no way should dea thugs with no medical training be a part of the doctor patient relationship! They are an out of control agency with too much power!
Dood

Fort Lauderdale, FL

#9 Dec 10, 2012
My question is this: in south Florida, we're told to scan the RX in to the DEA. How is this not a HIPAA violation? Furthermore, how is the Florida FDMP not a violation either? I don't recall patients consenting to this.

But yes, the DEA is a joke. I'm for the legalizing of drugs, so long as a person isn't harming another. What they do with their body is heir business. Heroin was recently legalized in Portugal, and the number of people seeking treatment increased, and users decreased. Maybe we should adopt this policy?
WAG this

Marion, IN

#10 Dec 10, 2012
Dood wrote:
My question is this: in south Florida, we're told to scan the RX in to the DEA. How is this not a HIPAA violation? Furthermore, how is the Florida FDMP not a violation either? I don't recall patients consenting to this.

But yes, the DEA is a joke. I'm for the legalizing of drugs, so long as a person isn't harming another. What they do with their body is heir business. Heroin was recently legalized in Portugal, and the number of people seeking treatment increased, and users decreased. Maybe we should adopt this policy?
You don't need the patient's permission to release medical information to law enforcement. The DEA is law enforcement. The PDMP is with the intent of protection the patients from harm (and themselves) and is considered an internal medical tool. Again, no need for patient permission.
WAG this

Marion, IN

#11 Dec 10, 2012
jambug wrote:
My husband was refused by walgreens. He has two herniated disks and he has a bunch of pintched nerves going down his spine. After filling ever month for a year they told him he did not meet the DEA regulations. I have been to forty different pharmacy no one has the script to fill it what do we do now?
What is he doing besides loading up on drugs? I have two ruptured discs and two bulged discs. I don't chomp down handfuls of pills to make me feel better. I went through intensive PT. I have good days and bad, but I mostly get by taking two OTC naproxen each morning.... And I stand on my feet all day at work - not exactly great for the back.

Since: Nov 12

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#12 Dec 10, 2012
Sal

Brooklyn, NY

#13 Dec 11, 2012
The entire company should lose their dea license for controls. All this just to try an show we are doing something to fix the problem. Once compalints start rolling in you know this company will give in to the patients god forbid you have an angry customer
WAG this

Marion, IN

#14 Dec 11, 2012
Sal wrote:
The entire company should lose their dea license for controls. All this just to try an show we are doing something to fix the problem. Once compalints start rolling in you know this company will give in to the patients god forbid you have an angry customer
Not the stores with a backbone. Your supervisor can't make you do anything. I've threatened to report them to the DEA & Board of Pharmacy myself of they persisted in telling me what to fill. As far as SMs who want to push me, I simply walk over to the wall of licenses and dramatically view them. Then I say, "hmmm.. You don't seen to have one. I guess you don't get to decide what gets dispensed."
narc

Tampa, FL

#15 Dec 12, 2012
The DEA gives us (the pharmacy) a license to dispense controlled drugs.
They get to make all the rules because of this.
For whatever reason, instead of going after the doctors DEA license, they are coming after us. So we get to do all the investigative work for them.
We have to shake down the doctor to see if he is legit.
We have to shake down the patient to see if they are legit.
Lots of GRAY area here. Overprescribing doctors, drug seeking patients( with and without legitimate pain issues)...some are obvious, some are not. Patient brings in medical records, MRI, etc, saying she needs it, yet has not taken anything for days, is walking, talking, functioning fine...?? Obviously in no pain but has medical records that support it and doctor who hides behind that!!! WTF
I have to sell flu shots, get MTMs done, ring up customers, got your balance rewards card ma'am? AND the DEA wants me to investigate the medical necessity of all this stuff rather than saying "I ain't got it".
Mission Impossible
WAG this

Marion, IN

#16 Dec 12, 2012
narc wrote:
The DEA gives us (the pharmacy) a license to dispense controlled drugs.
They get to make all the rules because of this.
For whatever reason, instead of going after the doctors DEA license, they are coming after us. So we get to do all the investigative work for them.
We have to shake down the doctor to see if he is legit.
We have to shake down the patient to see if they are legit.
Lots of GRAY area here. Overprescribing doctors, drug seeking patients( with and without legitimate pain issues)...some are obvious, some are not. Patient brings in medical records, MRI, etc, saying she needs it, yet has not taken anything for days, is walking, talking, functioning fine...?? Obviously in no pain but has medical records that support it and doctor who hides behind that!!! WTF
I have to sell flu shots, get MTMs done, ring up customers, got your balance rewards card ma'am? AND the DEA wants me to investigate the medical necessity of all this stuff rather than saying "I ain't got it".
Mission Impossible
I do a couple "the real way" and the rest "we don't carry this anymore"..
narc

Tampa, FL

#17 Dec 12, 2012
WAG this wrote:
<quoted text>I do a couple "the real way" and the rest "we don't carry this anymore"..
Me too, I did five then didn't have the time to do the rest TG GFD policy WOW who has your back now? Customer service and good faith don't go hand in hand.

Since: Mar 12

Location hidden

#18 Dec 13, 2012
This might be a stupid question but what are you telling people on the phone when they call to see if you have a CII in stock?
Dood

Fort Lauderdale, FL

#19 Dec 13, 2012
We tell them we cannot give that information out over the phone.
Dood

Fort Lauderdale, FL

#21 Dec 13, 2012
Oh, what does get annoying about C2 stock checks is CPO. "Yes, we have you 180 Adderall in stock." Then they come in and say "oh, I spoke to him/her right over there!" as the point to a random person.

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