Walgreen’s Jupiter warehouse controlled substances shipments shut by US agents

An article in the Wall street Journal (September 15, 2012) reports that controlled substances shipments from Walgreens Jupiter warehouse were shut amidst government claims that shipments were diverted to addicts. The government accuses Walgreens of having insufficient controls over sales volumes of painkillers, estimated to be over 7 million illegal users. But how should pharmacies detect and thwart illegal retail purchases if they are with seemingly legitimate prescriptions ? Should the claims by Walgreens that they managed to have a 35 % drop in retail sales of painkillers be accepted as evidence of their efforts to control diversion ? How should the pharmacy chains desire to sell its inventory be balanced against the need for better tracking of prescriptions to decrease drug diversion ?

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