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Walgreen's pharmacy in Hudson under federal scrutiny

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Published:   |   Updated: March 14, 2013 at 02:31 AM

Federal drug investigators are questioning whether a Walgreens pharmacy in Hudson is filling prescriptions legally.

The store, at 12028 Majestic Blvd., was one of three Walgreens in the state ordered to show cause why its Drug Enforcement Administration registration should not be revoked, the agency said in a news release.

The action stems from inspections at six Florida Walgreens to determine whether they were dispensing prescriptions issued for "legitimate medical purposes and in the course of professional practice," the news release said.

The Hudson store, along with stores in Fort Pierce and Oviedo, were cited after their registrations were "deemed inconsistent with the public interest," said Mark R. Trouville, special agent in charge of the DEA's Miami office.

All three have 30 days to set up an administrative hearing to determine whether their certificates of registration should be revoked, the DEA said.

The action doesn't immediately suspend the stores' ability to handle or distribute controlled substances, such as oxycodone or hydrocodone, Trouville said.

Also under scrutiny is a Walgreens distribution center in Jupiter that had its registration suspended in September. A hearing on the center is slated for January, the DEA said.

An administrative investigation warrant had been executed at the distribution center to determine if it maintained a system that detects and reports suspicious orders to the DEA, the agency said.

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