Corporate Compliance

DOJ announces enforcement efforts against Florida "pill mills"

Compliance Monitor, November 2, 2011

Federal, state, and local authorities in Orlando and Tampa, FL, charged 22 individuals with illegal distribution of prescription drugs, according to an October 28 Department of Justice (DOJ), press release.

Five physicians and two pharmacists were among those charged in the enforcement action known as Operation Pill Nation II, the press release said. Court documents allege they illegally diverted controlled substances. U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration agents executing a search warrant in the Tampa area served two immediate suspension orders, revoking a physician’s and pharmacy’s authority to prescribe or dispense controlled substances.

Operation Pill Nation I, announced in February, has resulted in the arrest of 47 individuals, including 17 and five clinic owners, to date, the DOJ said in its press release. The agency describes pill mills as “operations in which physicians, pharmacies or clinics prescribe controlled substances, without the proper assessment or due care to patients.”

Read more on the Department of Justice website.

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