DEA Suspends Permits for Two Florida CVS Stores

MIAMI (AP) -- The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration has suspended two central Florida CVS stores from selling controlled substances as part of prescription drug diversion investigation.
DEA officials said Wednesday it marked the first time the agency had revoked such registrations at national chain stores. An administrative law judge sided with DEA in recommending revocation of the two CVS outlets in Sanford.
The case is part of a broader DEA crackdown in Florida on illegal sales of prescription drugs such as oxycodone and hydrocodone. DEA says the two Sanford stores dispensed more than 3 million oxycodone pills last year, far above the average nationally.
A CVS spokesman says the company is reviewing the decision. CVS earlier said it had tightened policies regarding the filling of controlled substance prescriptions.

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