The following is a statement from CVS /pharmacy regarding the Drug Enforcement Agency raid of two store locations in Sanford, Fla.:
We are disappointed that the DEA has taken an administrative action to prohibit two CVS/pharmacy stores in Florida from dispensing controlled substances. CVS/pharmacy is unwavering in its compliance with and support of the measures taken by federal and state law enforcement officials to prevent drug abuse and keep controlled substances out of the wrong hands.
Last fall, with the knowledge of the DEA, we informed a small number of Florida physicians that CVS/pharmacy will no longer fill the prescriptions they write for Schedule II narcotics. As reported by Cardinal Health, the drug wholesaler, distributions of oxycodone to the two Florida stores have decreased by approximately 80% in the last three months compared to the prior three months – we believe in large part due to our action.
We are cooperating with the DEA in regard to the administrative action. Meanwhile we remain committed to ensuring that all our customers – including customers of the two pharmacies – get the medications they need, including controlled substances.