U.S. can stop some drug sales at 2 CVS stores: judge

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration can stop two CVS Caremark Corp pharmacies from selling potentially addictive drugs in a case involving suspected prescription drug abuse, a federal judge ruled on Tuesday. U.S. District Judge Reggie Walton vacated a temporary restraining order that had blocked the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA)from acting against the two Florida stores suspected of selling (more…)

Physician charged with unlawful distribution of drugs

A McMurray-based physician was charged Friday with unlawful distribution of oxycodone and oxymorphone, two prescription narcotics. Oliver W. Herndon was charged in U.S. District Court through a criminal complaint, and was arrested and then released on $50,000 bond. An affidavit filed in the complaint said that he has often prescribed 30 mg tablets of oxycodone from his old office on Lewis (more…)

DEA aims big in Cardinal Health painkiller case

Vincent Moellering heard a rumor in April 2009 that a local pharmacy was selling the powerful and addictive painkiller oxycodone by the pill for cash. So Moellering, an investigator for Cardinal Health, one of the nation’s largest distributors of pharmaceuticals, visited Gulf Coast Medical Pharmacy in Fort Myers, Fla.Over the next two years, Moellering and other Cardinal employees visited that pharmacy (more…)