Walgreens to pay $80 million for oxycodone violations

Walgreens has been handed the largest fine in the history of the U.S. Controlled Substances Act

Walgreens, the nation’s largest drugstore chain, will pay $80 million in fines to end a DEA probe into allegations it allowed millions of controlled substances, including the highly addictive painkiller oxycodone, to reach the black market.

The settlement is the largest civil penalty paid under the Controlled Substances Act in Drug Enforcement Administration history, U.S. Attorney Wifredo Ferrer said Tuesday.

Walgreens committed “an unprecedented number” of record-keeping and dispensing violations, Ferrer said.

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