Kroger to pay $225,000 from civil allegations of illegal distribution of opioids

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Kroger Limited Partnership and Kroger Pharmacy will pay the U.S. government $225,000 to settle civil allegations that it violated the Controlled Substance Act (CSA).

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ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — Kroger Limited Partnership and Kroger Pharmacy will pay the U.S. government $225,000 to settle civil allegations that it violated the Controlled Substance Act (CSA).

The allegations stem from a Charlottesville area store where more than a dozen instances of violation of the CSA were reported between May 2, 2015 and May 30, 2016.

According to the Dept. of Justice, Kroger #334 violated the CSA by “improperly filling “office use only” prescriptions for Schedule II controlled substances; failed to make and keep DEA 222 order forms; improperly distributed a Schedule II controlled substance absent the required DEA 222 form; and failed to provide effective controls and procedures to guard against diversion of controlled substances.”

“Pharmacies are vital partners in our collective efforts to reduce the unlawful diversion and use of dangerous opioid drugs. As this case illustrates, federal prosecutors will utilize all available tools, including civil actions, to ensure that entities and individuals involved in the lawful dispensing of these potentially deadly drugs fully comply with the law,” said U.S. Attorney Thomas T. Cullen.

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