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Walgreens told to give info to DEA

Oct. 17, 2012 at 6:18 PM

WASHINGTON, Oct. 17 (UPI) -- The Walgreens chain has been ordered to give the Drug Enforcement Administration patient records from Florida pharmacies, federal records show.

The DEA also wants information on bonuses paid to pharmacists and two years of internal memos, the Orlando Sentinel reports. The investigation is part of an ongoing crackdown on prescription drug mills in Florida.

The DEA in a subpoena in April served on a Walgreens distribution center in Jupiter, Fla., requested information from 14 stores, the Sentinel said. The distribution center has since been barred from dispensing controlled substances in Florida and other east coast states.

Walgreens, in the meantime, has asked a federal judge in Virginia to bar the DEA from using confidential information it says was turned over by mistake. The chain also argues the order against the Jupiter distribution center was based on outdated information.

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