Walgreen, one of the nation’s biggest pharmacy operators, agreed Tuesday to pay $80 million in fines to resolve federal charges that it failed to properly control the sales of narcotic painkillers at some of its outlets.
Officials at the Drug Enforcement Administration described the fine as the biggest ever paid by a pharmacy chain. As part of the settlement, the license of a Florida facility used by Walgreen to distribute opioid painkillers and other controlled drugs was revoked for two years. DEA officials said that a large quantity of prescription painkiller dispensed at the Walgreens pharmacy made their way on the black market. The opioid painkillers involved included oxycodone, a strong narcotic that is also the active ingredient in OxyContin.