DEA hits Walgreens on oxycodone distribution in Florida

Sep 14, 2012 Full story: The Leaf-Chronicle 28

The DEA accused Walgreens on Friday of endangering public safety and barred the company from shipping oxycodone and other controlled drugs from its Jupiter, Fla., distribution center.

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“Chillin at the Bunny Ranch”

Since: Jun 11

Reno Nv.

#2 Sep 15, 2012
Good post, I couldn't agree more. This thing with Walgreens comes down to this. People always worried about government sponsored healthcare well now we have it. But nobody realized the DEA was going to be in charge of it.
As I've said one this board many times. The day will come when many of these draconian crusaders DEA agents, federal prosecutors & local DA's will suffer chronic pain. It would serve them right if their doctors refuses to address their pain because of fear of the DEA. There's nothing in life more dangerous than a fool with a cause & these people are king of the fools.

DEASUCKS.COM
drdingus

United States

#3 Sep 15, 2012
this is pure bs!! walgreens will NOT fill for just anyone! its the hardest place to fill at!screw the dea. thanks again for making it even harder for us floridians that are in legit pain. i am forever greatful to you pricks.
zen

Amesbury, MA

#5 Sep 16, 2012
Sonya25 wrote:
Good post, I couldn't agree more. This thing with Walgreens comes down to this. People always worried about government sponsored healthcare well now we have it. But nobody realized the DEA was going to be in charge of it.
As I've said one this board many times. The day will come when many of these draconian crusaders DEA agents, federal prosecutors & local DA's will suffer chronic pain. It would serve them right if their doctors refuses to address their pain because of fear of the DEA. There's nothing in life more dangerous than a fool with a cause & these people are king of the fools.
DEASUCKS.COM
are you a chronic pain patient? I just have such a hard time relating to real people on here. Ive tried and been burned, or no response. maybe I chose the wrong forums...

Since: May 10

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#6 Sep 16, 2012
This is bull!! You poor people in Florida can hardly get your scripts filled now. And you guys are paying up to ten bucks each at pharmacies for the same drug that I pay 30 cents each for. That should be what the DEA is looking at...the price gouging going on!! I know that all Walgreens have contracts with the drug companies and they all pay the same price for them so they shouldnt be able to charge thirty times as much in Florida for them as they do here. Pretty soon we will see the suicide rate rise because as if it is not bad enough to be in pain 24/7. to not be able to get your medications will throw people over the edge. Hell, I dont think there is any true CPP who hasnt wondered if it was worth it at one time or another, this will just make it worse.

Since: Mar 12

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#7 Sep 16, 2012
allexxis wrote:
This is bull!! You poor people in Florida can hardly get your scripts filled now. And you guys are paying up to ten bucks each at pharmacies for the same drug that I pay 30 cents each for. That should be what the DEA is looking at...the price gouging going on!! I know that all Walgreens have contracts with the drug companies and they all pay the same price for them so they shouldnt be able to charge thirty times as much in Florida for them as they do here. Pretty soon we will see the suicide rate rise because as if it is not bad enough to be in pain 24/7. to not be able to get your medications will throw people over the edge. Hell, I dont think there is any true CPP who hasnt wondered if it was worth it at one time or another, this will just make it worse.
I love reading when you speak from the heart allexxis! And, I could not agree more. The problem is two-fold; 1) Antics has continued to let propaganda warp our sense of liberty, and, 2) the mega pharma PACs are allowed to give hundreds of millions of dollars to candidates and incumbent legislators while the average citizen is only allowed to give up $5k (as if we could afford to support our cause that much anyway in this economy).

First, since the opium dens at the turn of the century to the changing of the spelling from marihuana to marijuana in the 40's; politicians learned early that they could scare us into giving up our liberties with the threat of a dreadful minority scourge. "Those crazy China men get out of control and list after white women when they smoke that dope," gave way to "Black jazz musicians will use cocaine to take advantage of white women;" which quickly led to "Those savage Mexican immigrants bring marihuana across the border with them, lets change the spelling to include a "j" with a tilde to indicate use of the Spanish letter jota, and forever link a weed with our racist immigration policies. We'll even get Ainslinger to madge some movies displaying how weed turns you into a psychotic killer, and scary every housewife in America."

None of us "freedom loving Americans" said anything about the government taking our rights to do as we please, so long as the exercising of my rights and no way interfered with yours. we just left them, and they never stopped.

Need I say more about major pharma and their money? "Keep weed illegal so we can get the billion dollar patent on Marinol!l Fuck those guys! they knowingly, no intentionally, create addicts EVERY DAY, and our "leaders" put the addict in prison and continue to let the executives of these corporations reap the profits... Of course they do, as long as some of those profits make their way back into the party's campaign coffers.

Since: Mar 12

Location hidden

#8 Sep 16, 2012
Pardon the typos... It gets hard typing on this phone; especially one of my long-winded rants... Sorry yall.
drdingus

United States

#9 Sep 16, 2012
It's nice seeing people that arent from here and know whats going on. Alot of people still think it's the same as it was 3 years ago. Ive been seeing the same doctor since 2006. I thought that after they banned shopping that it would be easier, but no. 6 months ago, i was paying the normal out of pocket price. Since then, theyve gone up to 9 a piece AND I FILL AT A WELL KNOWN HOSPITAL!! ive had to switch my medication to something that doesnt work as well because i cant afford that. its so frustrating ;(
drdingus

United States

#10 Sep 16, 2012
Btw, i switched from 30s to dilaudid which just make me super tired and sick to my stomach. Here comes the icing on the cake, those went up two dollars last month!!! i am going to be discussing getting back on methadone with my doctor next week. he's actually fighting all this crap in federal court (not because he was charged w/anything, hes an amazing guy) but i just cannot afford anything right now w/the price gouging. i honestly dont know what to do anymore.
drdingus

United States

#11 Sep 17, 2012
Just wanted to bump this and give an update to my florida cpps. I have several family members that have worked for walgreens for a long time (my mother has been a gm for 27 yrs, 3 others work there too). I called her this am and their shipments of ANYTHING NARCOTIC are completely stopped until further notice. what they have today, is all theyre going to have until god knows when. i hope walgreens customers here has a back up plan. :(
drdingus

United States

#12 Sep 17, 2012
Also, if anyone in the orlando area needs a few places to try to fill, post here and i will help the best i can. And no, im not a pos thats asking for $ for pharmacies!! this is pure bs and will help anyone if i can :/ good luck guys..
Skye Smith

Kingman, AZ

#14 Sep 17, 2012
Absurd! Walgreen's has been a very conscientious pharmacy...something has been VERY wrong with the way they've been singled out for bad treatment, while other pharmacies who are not nearly as professional are not receiving ANY negative publicity or pressure. Walgreen's loses a contract with the state of Arizona as of the end of 2011. They WERE my pharmacy of choice, but I can no longer use them to fill my prescriptions because I cannot afford out of pocket costs. Believe me, if I could, I would certainly be going to Walgreen's rather than the competition.

The competition has: substituted capsules for tablets when no substitution was indicated. Used inferior generic products. Quoted one price for a medication and then, when it came time to pay for my medications, charged me an amount that was nearly seven dollars more (and I really should have gotten the original price quote in writing, because TECHNICALLY, they pulled what is known as "bait and switch" and I ought not to have paid the higher price). Walgreen's NEVER did any of this to me. What is more, Walgreen's staff respected my privacy. At the competitor's pharmacy, they not only LOUDLY speak the names of my medications, but they ask for MY first name LOUDLY, ask my date of birth LOUDLY and they will do both REPEATEDLY.. not that I mind the world knowing either my name or birth date, however, there is a man who has a history of STALKING me and it is very unsettling to have my complicated NAME (which is NOT the one I'm using here) spoken OVER and OVER again very loudly, along with my birth date. This NEVER happened to me at Walgreen's...they were discreet!

Is there some reason some agency like the USDA or DEA is trying to put Walgreen's out of business? Does someone have a lot of stock in the big competitor's pharmacy? When in doubt, follow the money.
Apocrypha Jones

Kingman, AZ

#15 Sep 17, 2012
Oxycodone and Oxycontin ARE very dangerous and extremely addictive...more so than Morphine or Hydrocodone. For people who are determined to die, Oxycontin is a very convenient "way to go", although not NEARLY as convenient as Fentanyl patches.

Of course, people who have not built up a tolerance to Methadone can die quite easily on a relatively low dosage, but then again..few people will have access to Methadone unless they have very high chronic pain levels or have been addicted to Heroin. Methadone s more closely monitored than is Oxycodone or Oxycontin. I've read so many Methadone horror stories of accidental overdose, but strangely enough the people I've personally lost have been casualties to Oxycontin.

People are not always straightforward victims of overdose..a lot of people die from bowel obstruction and/or perforation or they just lack the strength to breathe or their larynx becomes so relaxed it just collapses in such a way that not enough oxygen is getting to the lungs and the person suffocates in their sleep (as in Sleep Apnea). People can't feel the pain or they just don't wake up.

Why Walgreen's is being demonized from a prescription drug that is widely available is anybody's guess. People get this medication via mail order pharmacies, can go across the border into Mexixo..honestly, you're a lot better off taking Morphine or Heroin (they are both NATURAL rather than man-made narcotics) than you are doing Oxycontin..but that isn't WALGREEN'S fault!
Praying all will be good

United States

#16 Sep 17, 2012
I dont know if this is true or not.
One walgreens pharmacist here in sfla said
That walgreens corp will no longer be able to
Fill any scheduled meds at all.

Doesent really sound like that from the articles
I have read as they seem to point to one DC.
They should be able to get it from another DC.

Its such bullshit. Walgreens is the hardest place to get an RX filled. Unless you have been with the same one for a long time.

This could be a negligence case against the DEA imo.

If you do the math with the dea"s 2 highest dispensing walgreens pharmacy using 180 a month for a year they fill rxs for 1,000 people total
So 500 each store.

THIS NEEDS TO END!

WE NEED TO PROTEST THE DEA MIAMI FIELD OFFICE!!!!

“Back2Back”

Since: Apr 12

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#17 Sep 17, 2012
Skye Smith wrote:
Absurd! Walgreen's has been a very conscientious pharmacy...something has been VERY wrong with the way they've been singled out for bad treatment, while other pharmacies who are not nearly as professional are not receiving ANY negative publicity or pressure. Walgreen's loses a contract with the state of Arizona as of the end of 2011. They WERE my pharmacy of choice, but I can no longer use them to fill my prescriptions because I cannot afford out of pocket costs. Believe me, if I could, I would certainly be going to Walgreen's rather than the competition.
The competition has: substituted capsules for tablets when no substitution was indicated. Used inferior generic products. Quoted one price for a medication and then, when it came time to pay for my medications, charged me an amount that was nearly seven dollars more (and I really should have gotten the original price quote in writing, because TECHNICALLY, they pulled what is known as "bait and switch" and I ought not to have paid the higher price). Walgreen's NEVER did any of this to me. What is more, Walgreen's staff respected my privacy. At the competitor's pharmacy, they not only LOUDLY speak the names of my medications, but they ask for MY first name LOUDLY, ask my date of birth LOUDLY and they will do both REPEATEDLY.. not that I mind the world knowing either my name or birth date, however, there is a man who has a history of STALKING me and it is very unsettling to have my complicated NAME (which is NOT the one I'm using here) spoken OVER and OVER again very loudly, along with my birth date. This NEVER happened to me at Walgreen's...they were discreet!
Is there some reason some agency like the USDA or DEA is trying to put Walgreen's out of business? Does someone have a lot of stock in the big competitor's pharmacy? When in doubt, follow the money.
This post reminded me of something that happened to me. I had a script for phenergan at Rite Aid. It was just $12. My other meds are at Walgreens.(not oxy) well, at Walgreens the phenergan is at least $30 for 60 pills! Quite a huge price difference from Rite Aid!! Well, my bf has to get his diabetic meds at CVS due to his insurance. Well, I thought that maybe CVS had a cheaper price than Walgreens and since Rite aid closes so early I thought to call CVS for a price quote since the bf was going to pick up his meds and it would be easier to get my phenergan there when he went to get his meds. They quoted me a price on the phone of $11 and some change and I even REPEATED what mg the phenergan was and the quantity. When I got there to pick it up it was almost $30!! PISSED ME OFF! Thankfully it is not a controlled substance and I was able to transfer it back to Rite Aid. It amazes me how different prices differ from pharmacy to pharmacy on the same meds!! SMDH!:/

“I'd rather be at the beach!”

Since: Jun 12

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#18 Sep 17, 2012
Skye Smith wrote:
Absurd! Walgreen's has been a very conscientious pharmacy...something has been VERY wrong with the way they've been singled out for bad treatment, while other pharmacies who are not nearly as professional are not receiving ANY negative publicity or pressure. Walgreen's loses a contract with the state of Arizona as of the end of 2011. They WERE my pharmacy of choice, but I can no longer use them to fill my prescriptions because I cannot afford out of pocket costs. Believe me, if I could, I would certainly be going to Walgreen's rather than the competition.

The competition has: substituted capsules for tablets when no substitution was indicated. Used inferior generic products. Quoted one price for a medication and then, when it came time to pay for my medications, charged me an amount that was nearly seven dollars more (and I really should have gotten the original price quote in writing, because TECHNICALLY, they pulled what is known as "bait and switch" and I ought not to have paid the higher price). Walgreen's NEVER did any of this to me. What is more, Walgreen's staff respected my privacy. At the competitor's pharmacy, they not only LOUDLY speak the names of my medications, but they ask for MY first name LOUDLY, ask my date of birth LOUDLY and they will do both REPEATEDLY.. not that I mind the world knowing either my name or birth date, however, there is a man who has a history of STALKING me and it is very unsettling to have my complicated NAME (which is NOT the one I'm using here) spoken OVER and OVER again very loudly, along with my birth date. This NEVER happened to me at Walgreen's...they were discreet!

Is there some reason some agency like the USDA or DEA is trying to put Walgreen's out of business? Does someone have a lot of stock in the big competitor's pharmacy? When in doubt, follow the money.
That is unbelievable that the pharmacy does that! What if some Pyscho junkie just hangs around the aisle next to the counter and follows you out to your car to rob your pills? OH HELL no I would freak out. I'd call headquarters (if it's a chain) remind them that there is such thing as HIPA laws & this pharmacy is clearing breaking them.

Ugh stay safe & take care of yourself!
Addiction Science Network

Buffalo, NY

#19 Sep 17, 2012
Overdose from opioid-based medications? Get a bottle of Narcan (naloxone hydrochloride); it's that simple! If accidental overdose is this big of a problem (and I really don't know if the numbers are valid as presented), then perhaps everyone with a member of their household taking oxycontin or another opioid should have a bottle of Narcan in case of overdose. You can see our position on this general issue at: http://info46144.podomatic.com/entry/2012-09-... (podcast) or http://addictionscience.net/b2evolution/blog1... -(printed text). I'm glad to see so many people engaged in this discussion, even if some are misguided.
Addiction Science Network

Buffalo, NY

#20 Sep 17, 2012
Unfortunately, our ASNet Discussion Forum appears to think links from this site are spam. We'll work on fixing that. Meanwhile, you can access our discussion forum from our website home page: www.AddictionScience.net . Also, if anyone is interested, we posted a comment on this general topic on another thread (the petition) here: http://www.topix.com/forum/drug/oxycontin/TCS... . And really, get some Narcan. It's tragic to see anyone die from an opioid overdose, even more tragic than other drugs because we have effective antagonists (antidotes) that work within a minute or two.(I published my first paper with naloxone hydrochloride, AKA NARCAN, in 1977; those of us in research have been using it for decades, I can't believe the medical community is so far behind. But then that's what our (and others') addiction technology transfer initiative is all about -- bridging the gap between basic research and clinical practice.)
JAM661

Lake Worth, FL

#21 Sep 20, 2012
I live in Palm Beach Co and have been taken MS-Contin for 12 years. I have gone to the same pharmacy for 6 of thoses years. Today when I went to fill my script I was told the pharmacy will no longer carry the meds because the DEA has threated them. So far I have gone to Walgreens, CVS, Forest Hill Pharm and 6 others and all of them have stated that the DEA has stopped all shipping to FL pharmancy. My hope is that someone may know of a place to go or who to complain to.

“I'd rather be at the beach!”

Since: Jun 12

Location hidden

#22 Sep 20, 2012
JAM661 wrote:
I live in Palm Beach Co and have been taken MS-Contin for 12 years. I have gone to the same pharmacy for 6 of thoses years. Today when I went to fill my script I was told the pharmacy will no longer carry the meds because the DEA has threated them. So far I have gone to Walgreens, CVS, Forest Hill Pharm and 6 others and all of them have stated that the DEA has stopped all shipping to FL pharmancy. My hope is that someone may know of a place to go or who to complain to.
You may want to post on the "Piercit says hello" thread if you are a CPP. He will direct you in the right direction as to who to complain to although I doubt he will be able to tell you where you can fill it :(. I'm so sorry for the CPP patients in Florida, none of this is the fault of the CPP's!!!!

Good luck you
Jenn

“Back2Back”

Since: Apr 12

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#23 Sep 20, 2012
JAM661 wrote:
I live in Palm Beach Co and have been taken MS-Contin for 12 years. I have gone to the same pharmacy for 6 of thoses years. Today when I went to fill my script I was told the pharmacy will no longer carry the meds because the DEA has threated them. So far I have gone to Walgreens, CVS, Forest Hill Pharm and 6 others and all of them have stated that the DEA has stopped all shipping to FL pharmancy. My hope is that someone may know of a place to go or who to complain to.
This is just so effed up! It is horrible that someone who is in horrible pain cannot even get the rx filled!! I certainly would call the doc. Although he may not be able to do anything about the pharmacy not filling it. I would let him know about it though. This is just oh so wrong! I feel so bad for cpp's in FL!!

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