Walgreen faces off with the DEA over painkiller distribution

03/20/2013 | Miami Herald (free registration), The

Walgreen is appealing an order by the DEA to suspend shipments of controlled substances, such as oxycodone, from its Jupiter, Fla., distribution center in a case before the U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington, D.C., on Thursday. The DEA claims that the center, one of Walgreen's 13 nationwide, has a history of filling suspicious drug orders and is a public safety threat. In a brief, Walgreen said, "This case involves an abuse of the extraordinary power that the Drug Enforcement Administration wields over ordinary citizens and businesses."

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