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DEA raids clinics, pharmacies in 'pill mill' crackdown

May 21, 2015 11:46 am | by CLAUDIA LAUER & ALICIA A. CALDWELL, Associated Press | News | Comments

Authorities raided medical clinics, pharmacies and other locations across the South on Wednesday as part of a Drug Enforcement Administration attempt to thwart illegal prescription drug sales. The raids in Arkansas, Alabama, Louisiana and Mississippi were the latest ...

Continuing Story: Judge Won't Toss Out FedEx Drug Indictment

May 15, 2015 11:47 am | by Sudhin Thanawala, Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. District Court Judge Charles Breyer said the acts alleged by prosecutors do not fall under...

10-lb. Packages of Marijuana Wash Ashore in 2 States

May 15, 2015 11:35 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Beach dwellers in Alabama and North Carolina have stumbled upon bulky packages worth thousands...

FedEx Seeks Dismissal of Federal Drug Indictment

May 14, 2015 11:41 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Attorneys for FedEx are set to appear in court, as they seek to dismiss a federal indictment...

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Synthetic Pot Leads to Nationwide Spike in Hospitalizations

May 8, 2015 11:29 am | by Dave Collins, Associated Press | News | Comments

A huge nationwide spike in hospitalizations last month was caused by a class of drugs often called synthetic marijuana, possibly illustrating the potency and dangers of the chemicals used to make them.

Xcelience Receives DEA Approval to Develop and Manufacture DEA Schedule I Drug Products

March 17, 2015 2:56 pm | News | Comments

Xcelience has received approval from the Federal Drug Enforcement AdminIstration to develop and manufacture Schedule I controlled substances in their facilities. Schedule I substances are "considered the most dangerous class of drugs," according to the DEA website. 

DEA Agents Raid NFL Medical Staffs after Games

November 17, 2014 8:40 am | by JIM LITKE, AP Sports Writer | News | Comments

Federal drug enforcement agents showed up unannounced Sunday to check at least three visiting NFL teams' medical staffs as part of an investigation into former players' claims that teams mishandled prescription drugs.      


US Agent Sued Over Fake Facebook Page in Drug Case

October 7, 2014 3:57 pm | by ALICIA A. CALDWELL, Associated Press ERIC TUCKER, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Drug Enforcement Administration set up a fake Facebook account using photographs and other personal information it took from the cellphone of a New York woman arrested in a cocaine case, to trick her friends and associates into revealing incriminating drug secrets.

Federal Agents Target Synthetic Drugs, Sellers

May 8, 2014 8:18 am | by ALICIA A. CALDWELL, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Drug Enforcement Administration is trying to stay one step ahead of synthetic drug makers, wholesalers and retailers as it broadens its crackdown on the growing black market product. DEA agents fanned out across the country Wednesday and made more 150 arrests and served about 200 warrants, DEA spokesman Rusty Payne said.

'Killer Heroin' Causing Fatal Overdoses in East

February 17, 2014 10:38 am | by KATIE ZEZIMA, Associated Press | News | Comments

Last month the Drug Enforcement Administration put out a bulletin warning local authorities of what it dubbed "killer heroin," a mixture that was up to half fentanyl. It urged first responders to "exercise extreme caution" when coming into contact with any heroin because Fentanyl can be absorbed through the skin.

Survey: Teens Using Synthetic Drugs Less Often

December 18, 2013 8:22 am | by ALICIA A. CALDWELL, Associated Press; LAURAN NEERGAARD, Associated Press | News | Comments

Fewer teens are trying fake marijuana known by such names as K2 and Spice, apparently getting the message that these cheap new drugs are highly dangerous, according to the government's annual survey on drug use.      

DEA Insists Cold Drug Can Be Used in Meth-Making

September 10, 2013 3:03 pm | News | Comments

A cold and allergy decongestant now being sold nationwide contains a new form of pseudoephedrine that's being billed as difficult to use to make methamphetamine. But the Drug Enforcement Administration is still refusing to allow it to be sold over the counter.


Eisai Files Lawsuit Against DEA Over Scheduling of Epilepsy Drug

August 20, 2013 9:33 am | by Joe Barber, First Word Pharma | News | Comments

Eisai filed litigation against the US Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) Monday in a US Court of Appeals to compel the agency "to promptly schedule" its epilepsy drug Fycompa (perampanel), which was approved by the FDA in October last year. The drugmaker alleges the DEA "unreasonably" and "egregiously" delayed the scheduling of Fycompa, for which the FDA submitted its scheduling recommendation in January.

AMRI Burlington Receives DEA Approval to Handle Controlled Substances

June 18, 2013 10:59 am | News | Comments

AMRI announced today that its Burlington, Mass., site has received approval to expand its current U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) registration to handle Schedule 2 and 2N controlled substances. The license represents the DEA’s acknowledgement of Burlington’s physical security and quality systems, including inventory control and documentation.

DEA Disagrees with Firm's Meth-Resistant Claims

May 29, 2013 8:04 am | by JIM SALTER,Associated Press | News | Comments

The Drug Enforcement Administration says a suburban St. Louis pharmaceutical company is wrong for marketing its pseudoephedrine product to imply methamphetamine cannot be made with it. Westport Pharmaceuticals, however, is standing by its meth-resistant claims, insisting that it would be impractical to make the dangerous drug with its Zephrex-D even if small amounts of meth can be extracted from it.

Cedarburg Hauser Granted DEA Registration for Denver Manufacturing Facility

February 27, 2013 8:33 am | News | Comments

Cedarburg Hauser Pharmaceuticals (CHP), a contract development and manufacturing organization (CDMO), announced today that its Denver, Colorado facility has been granted registration as a manufacturer of schedule II-V controlled substances by the U.S Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA).

Many Drugs Remain Legal after Bath Salts Ban

July 25, 2012 4:10 am | by MATTHEW PERRONE,AP Health Writer | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — People are inventing so many new, legal ways to get high that lawmakers can't seem to keep up.


Cardinal Health Brings Resolution to Litigation with DEA Settlement

May 15, 2012 4:35 am | News | Comments

Cardinal Health today said it had agreed to a settlement with the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) that allows the company to bring resolution to ongoing litigation.

Toss Them, Flush Them, Hang On To Them: Survey Finds Surprises When It Comes To Prescription Medications

April 27, 2012 4:30 am | News | Comments

With the Drug Enforcement Agency's National Prescription Drug Take Back Day taking place on April 28, Teva Pharmaceuticals announced interesting survey results they hope will inspire prescription medication users to act more responsibly when using and disposing of drugs.

Court Lifts Hold on Drug Distributor Suspension

March 19, 2012 4:02 am | by FREDERIC J. FROMMER,Associated Press | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal appeals court has allowed the Drug Enforcement Administration to suspend a pharmaceutical distributor for the time being over its allegedly ineffective control of a powerful painkiller.  

Judge Upholds DEA's Suspension of Drug Distributor

March 1, 2012 3:02 am | by FREDERIC J. FROMMER,Associated Press | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal judge ruled Wednesday that the Drug Enforcement Administration can move forward with its suspension of a Florida pharmaceutical distributor for alleged ineffective control of a powerful painkiller.

Illinois Doctor Gets 4 Life Terms in Ohio Pill Mill Case

February 15, 2012 3:14 am | by ANDREW WELSH-HUGGINS,AP Legal Affairs Writer | News | Comments

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A Chicago doctor who prosecutors say dispensed more of the powerful painkiller oxycodone from 2003 to 2005 than any other physician in the country was sentenced Tuesday to four life terms in the overdose deaths of four patients.

Judge: DEA Must Explain Florida Shipment Suspension

February 14, 2012 3:14 am | by NEDRA PICKLER,Associated Press | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal judge on Monday ordered the Drug Enforcement Administration to explain its rationale for trying to shut down a Florida pharmaceutical distribution center.

Federal Regulators Resist Control For Second Most-Abused Pain Drug

August 22, 2011 4:42 am | by CHRIS HAWLEY,Associated Press | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — It is the nation's second-most abused medicine, linked to murders, celebrity overdoses and a rising tide of violent pharmacy robberies. But since 1999 federal regulators have put off deciding whether to tighten controls over hydrocodone, the addictive narcotic that is the key ingredient in Vicodin and other medicines.

Georgia Executions Off: DEA Seizes Critical Drug

March 16, 2011 4:41 am | News | Comments

All Georgia executions are off after federal drug agents seized the state's supply of a sedative used in lethal injections that has been challenged by capital punishment critics and death-row inmates, including a man recently executed who called the British exporter of the drug a "fly-by-night supplier."

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