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Rite Aid Pays Settlement
updated: Mar 09, 2017, 2:29 PM

Source: United States Attorney's Office

 Rite Aid Corporation has paid $834,200 in civil penalties to the United States to settle claims stemming from alleged violations of the Controlled Substances Act.

            Rite Aid paid the civil settlement yesterday as part of an agreement reached last week to resolve allegations that certain Rite Aid pharmacies in Los Angeles dispensed and/or recorded controlled substances using a medical practitioner’s incorrect or invalid DEA registration number. The government alleged that the incorrect or invalid registration numbers were used at least 1,298 times as a result of Rite Aid’s failure to adequately maintain its internal database.

The settlement also resolves allegations that Rite Aid pharmacies dispensed, on at least 63 occasions, prescriptions for controlled substances written by a practitioner whose DEA registration number had been revoked by the DEA for cause.

In 1970, the United States Congress passed the Controlled Substances Act (CSA), which created “a closed system” of distribution for controlled substances. The CSA established a regulatory framework to control every facet of the handling of the substances, from their manufacture to their consumption.

  The CSA became law against the against the backdrop of increasing diversion and abuse of legitimate controlled substances, but the law was also designed to ensure an adequate supply of those substances needed to meet the medical and scientific needs of the United States.

“Accurate record keeping at retail pharmacies helps ensure that authorities can keep track of how many controlled substances a pharmacy should have and does have on hand,” said United States Attorney Eileen M. Decker. “These federal regulations were put into place to prevent the abuse of powerful drugs that are dispensed by pharmacies and should only be used under the careful watch of a medical professional.”

In entering into and paying the settlement, Rite Aid did not admit liability. Prior to entering into the agreement, Rite Aid implemented a DEA registration validation program designed to verify DEA registration numbers for medical professionals who prescribe controlled substances.

            “This settlement demonstrates DEA’s commitment to monitoring and holding accountable all potential sources of diversion for controlled substances and maintaining the safety of our communities,” said DEA Special Agent in Charge Steve Comer

            This case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration’s Office of Diversion Control, Los Angeles Field Division.

            The settlement was negotiated by Assistant United States Attorney Donald W. Yoo of the Civil Fraud Section.

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 SMARTYPANTS agree helpful negative off topic

2017-03-09 03:35 PM

Is this a result of the Goleta store at Fairview?


 COMMENT 762561 agree helpful negative off topic

2017-03-09 03:51 PM

Article states " certain Rite Aid pharmacies in Los Angeles..."


 COMMENT 762563P agree helpful negative off topic

2017-03-09 04:01 PM

ah..sorry Goleta.


 COMMENT 762568 agree helpful negative off topic

2017-03-09 04:15 PM

Sounds like it was just an error and not malicious


 ANIMALLISTNER agree helpful negative off topic

2017-03-09 04:24 PM

I call BS! Our Rite Aid in Solvang has the most professional, caring, and concerned Pharmacists, a patient could ever imagine this time and age!

Because drug seeking pet owners now abuse, Tramadol, (a synthetic Morphine, which is very effective to fur baring subjects, dogs and cats) times have changed for those needing meds!

Sadly drug seekers, inflict bodily harm to pets, in order to obtain Tramadol! What's next?


 COMMENT 762582 agree helpful negative off topic

2017-03-09 05:13 PM

I went to Rite Aid to pick up two new prescriptions that were called in by my doctor. It was 3 weeks before I realized they had put the wrong pills in the wrong bottles. I went back and spoke to the pharmacist. A report was written and they took pictures of the bottles. don't know if anything further happened. I did tell my doctor. She shrugged it off and said, "accidents happen." This was about 3 yrs ago.


 COMMENT 762585 agree helpful negative off topic

2017-03-09 05:31 PM

ANIMALLISTNER what LOL? Doesnt the vet prescribes the meds for the animal I've never heard of anyone getting the script from a pharmacy.


 COMMENT 762586 agree helpful negative off topic

2017-03-09 05:34 PM

I'm going to take this opportunity to acknowledge Bruce, the pharmacist at the downtown State Street Rite Aid, as the most helpful, informative pharmacist I have dealt with in many years.


 ANIMALLISTNER agree helpful negative off topic

2017-03-09 05:54 PM

585- are you serious?


 COMMENT 762610 agree helpful negative off topic

2017-03-09 06:59 PM

Animallistner yes I am, I have had to get pain meds for my cat and not once did anyone send me to a pharmacy. I got premeasured sticks.


 COMMENT 762612P agree helpful negative off topic

2017-03-09 07:01 PM

This does not even surprise me considering it's RiteAid.

Money over conscious.


 COMMENT 762621P agree helpful negative off topic

2017-03-09 07:50 PM

I've never heard of going to a regular pharmacy for pet medication either! I either buy online from an animal pharmacy, or call a specialty pharmacy in Atascadero.


 COMMENT 762635P agree helpful negative off topic

2017-03-10 07:02 AM

585,621, Costco in Goleta now has a sign up that they will fill prescriptions for pets.


 REX OF SB agree helpful negative off topic

2017-03-10 08:59 AM

Whenever my vet prescribes a medicine for one of my Huskys, the first question I ask is whether I can get it filled at a pharmacy. Most of the time I can. It's lots cheaper that way, which is why you have to ask, since it's more lucrative for the vet if you let them fill it.

BTW: the word for a prescription is "scrip," not "script."


 COMMENT 762664 agree helpful negative off topic

2017-03-10 09:37 AM

REX OF SB: BTW, it actually is "script"

-From, pharmacist


 COMMENT 762681 agree helpful negative off topic

2017-03-10 10:41 AM

"--- and where will all that money go"? There is a brewing scandal about where these fines levied against banks and other large companies to settle government actions will ultimately go after they are collected. It should be used to reduce taxes or for lawful purposes related to correct the events that produced the adverse action and the fine imposed, currently there is no tracking of those millions of fines collected on a regular basis.


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