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Walgreens To Pay $80 Million For Drug Violations

LAW WEEK COLORADO

Walgreens Corp., the nation’s largest drug store chain, has agreed to pay $80 million in civil penalties for violations of the Controlled Substances Act, resolving an investigation in which federal authorities in Colorado participated.

The Colorado U.S. Attorney’s Office along with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s Denver Field Division identified more than 1,600 violations of the Controlled Substances Act at Walgreens stores located in Colorado. The majority of these violations were found at Walgreens stores located in Canon City and Pueblo.

The investigation uncovered instances of Walgreens stores filling fraudulent prescriptions; filling prescriptions written by a physician with an expired DEA registration; filling prescriptions lacking an address and/or DEA registration number, in violation of DEA regulations; and dispensing controlled substances to customers without a prescription.

The investigation also uncovered hundreds of examples of inaccurate or incomplete record-keeping for controlled substances at Walgreens stores located throughout Colorado. Such inaccurate or incomplete record-keeping violates the Controlled Substances Act.

The agreement was announced by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Florida. The U.S. attorney’s offices in the Eastern District of Michigan and the Eastern District of New York participated as well.

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