Bad doctors, drug makers and drug dealers aren’t the only ones who profit from the massive underground prescription narcotics market.
Walgreens agreed today to pay $80 million to resolve the Drug Enforcement Administration probe into the company’s oxycodone purchasing and dispensing practices. It’s the largest civil penalty ever paid under the Controlled Substances Act, but the nation’s largest drug store chain can afford it. Walgreens response notes the company’s fiscal 2012 sales of $72 billion.
One prescription drug activist wrote me today, “Hopefully, part of the $80 million will go to affordable rehab.”