One of the largest pharmacy chains in the state has decided to fight Florida's prescription pill abuse epidemic head on. CVS Pharmacy sent out an email to certain Florida doctors this week to inform them that they will no longer fill any pain pill prescriptions they write. Authorities recently have cracked down on pill mills, as Florida doctors have prescribed ten times as many oxycodone prescriptions than all other state combined.
"CVS Pharmacy Inc. has become increasingly concerned with escalating reports of prescription drug abuse in Florida, especially oxycodone abuse," reads the letter obtained by the St. Petersburg Times and other media outlets.
"We regret any inconvenience that this action may cause. However, we take our compliance obligations seriously and find it necessary to take this action at this time."
CVS Spokesman Michael DeAngelis says that the letter was sent to a small number of Florida doctors.
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Doctors groups, however, are not happy.
"I don't want to be subject to the scrutiny of CVS," said Dr. Jeffrey Zipper, chairman of the The Florida Academy of Pain Medicine medical affairs committee in an email to members. "They've made a business decision, and from my perspective, I'm going to make a business decision to send my patients elsewhere."
"This is just another hysteria driven response to a problem that is based on false data provided by Florida medical examiners and law enforcement," Paul Sloan, president of the academy, also said in an e-mail sent to members.