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DEA Moves Against Major Pharmaceutical Distributor

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- Twenty-five hundred pharmacies in the southeast could lose their supplies of oxycodone and other prescription drugs because the federal Drug Enforcement Agency believes the company that supplies them, Cardinal Health, is failing to comply with the rules.

Pharmaceutical distributors like Cardinal Health are supposed to report suspicious activities to the feds; the DEA says Cardinal Health didn't when two CVS pharmacies they supply in Florida dispensed more than 40 times the normal amount of oxycodone and other painkillers.

Cardinal Health blamed CVS for any lack of diligence.

CVS said it has already stopped filling painkiller prescriptions written by certain doctors.

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