Miami, FL – Mark R. Trouville, Special Agent in Charge of the Miami Field Division, Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), recently announced the revocation of DEA Registrations at two CVS Pharmacies located in Sanford, Florida. This action marks the first time the DEA has revoked the registration of a registrant that is part of a large national chain.
On February 4, 2012, the DEA served an Immediate Suspension Order (ISO) at Holiday C.V.S., L.L.C., doing business as (d/b/a) CVS/Pharmacy #219, 3798 Orlando Drive, Sanford, FL 32773, and CVS/Pharmacy #5195, 4369 W. 1st Street, Sanford, FL 32771. An ISO is served pursuant to 21 U.S.C. § 824(d) when a DEA-registered business or individual (“registrant”) constitutes an imminent danger to the public safety and DEA suspends that registrant’s ability to handle or distribute a controlled substance such as oxycodone, hydrocodone and others pending a judicial proceeding.
During the week of April 25, 2012, the two CVS pharmacy locations were given an opportunity for an administrative hearing to determine whether the DEA Certificate of Registration at each of the two locations should be revoked. On June 8, 2012, the Chief Administrative Law Judge (AJL), Judge John J. Mulrooney II, issued a recommendation to revoke both CVS Pharmacy #219 and CVS Pharmacy #5195 DEA registrations based on the evidence presented during the hearing.
On August 31, 2012, DEA Administrator Michele M. Leonhart issued the Final Order to revoke both registrations as recommended by the ALJ. The order also denies any pending applications of Holiday C.V.S., L.L.C., d/b/a CVS Pharmacy #219 and #5195. The order is effective 30 day from the date of publication in the Federal Register. The ISO will remain in effect until then.
“The Final Order issuance reflects the continued commitment of the DEA to identify and bring to light the diversion of controlled substance pharmaceutical drugs,” said DEA Special Agent in Charge Mark R. Trouville. “The DEA Miami Field Division will stay the course until this diversion is no longer a problem in Florida.”
These actions are part of the DEA Miami Field Division’s continuing efforts to combat the state’s prescription drug abuse epidemic and its role as a major source of diverted pharmaceutical drugs to other states. On average, seven people die every day in Florida due to prescription drug abuse, according to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. The DEA Miami Field Division’s efforts in recent years have included arrests and administrative and criminal actions against Florida doctors and individually owned pharmacies and pain clinics that operated outside the scope of legitimate medical purposes.