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Florida Doctor Sues CVS for Not Filling His Prescriptions


A Florida doctor has sued CVS for not filling his prescriptions, the Orlando Sentinel reports. Late last year, the company sent letters to a small number of doctors in Florida telling them it would no longer fill prescriptions they wrote for oxycodone and other Schedule II narcotic drugs.

Attorney Gus Benitez has filed suit against CVS on behalf of one doctor on the list, Sylvester Hanna, who owns a pain clinic. “When you take this action — when CVS takes this action — they’re blacklisting these doctors, and they’re casting this net where they’re affecting a lot of people,” Benitez said. The suit claims that by refusing to fill Hanna’s prescriptions, CVS is falsely implying that he is acting unethically or illegally.

The company would not answer specific questions about the list of doctors, according to the newspaper. “We have informed a small number of Florida physicians that CVS/pharmacy will no longer fill the prescriptions they write for Schedule II narcotics,” CVS spokesman Mike DeAngelis said in a statement to the newspaper. “While we regret any inconvenience this may cause for our customers, we treat the dispensing of controlled substances with the utmost care and seriousness. CVS/pharmacy is unwavering in its compliance and measures to prevent drug abuse and keep controlled substances out of the wrong hands.”

5 Responses to this article

  1. Avatar of allison milletati
    allison milletati / May 4, 2012 at 12:20 am

    The policy’s. That CVS is implemented regarding schedule two narcotics is hurting thousands. Of people. Who need. These meds like a diabetic needs. Insulin. Its wrong my wheelchair. Bound cancer. Ridden. Husband has to suffer in pain cause. Of junkies and 5 miles. Rule let junkies worry bout themselves. Let. People. Get. There’s. Prescription. Live and let live!!!!!!

  2. Avatar of joey
    joey / April 23, 2012 at 8:10 am

    The challenge of addiction is to explore the causes and help people who are addicted. People with any addiction are or should be patients. The decrease in the supply of relatively safe prescription drugs changes drug use to crystal meth or heroin. Fear and punishment does not treat addiction. It makes it much worse. Shutting down doctors’s offices leads to many deaths. The attempt to stop the apply of drugs has never worked. Addicts will risk death to obtain the drugs that they need. The brain patterns are known, but no one is listening.


  3. Avatar of Carmen Montanez
    Carmen Montanez / March 2, 2012 at 11:07 am

    Someone has to monitor and take control of this situation. Many lives have been lost for the mismanagement of these medications!

  4. Avatar of Loraine
    Loraine / January 24, 2012 at 11:40 am

    BRAVO!! This ridiculous law is harming the wrong population. Seeing elderly in wheel chairs leaving their long term doctor’s offices in tears says it all. What are they supposed to do, go to a mill?

  5. Avatar of pam
    pam / January 23, 2012 at 12:45 pm

    Military Police state. The pharmaceutical companies and their dealers are so far up the dark hole of unethical conditioning of our society it’s ridiculous. They have been lobbying for control to grow marijuana since now, low and behold, enough people say it works as a medicine. Got your Ritalin and Adderol? They sooo love to see adults addicted to that crap since they already have the schools threatening parents if they don’t drug their kids they won’t be allowed in class. I see kids on those drugs and they look just like an adult on ketamine, nobody home. Just look into the eyes of a child on those drugs, there is NOBODY HOME!!!

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