One physician in Orlando is angry about the decision by CVS Pharmacy to not fill pain pill prescriptions from a small group of Florida physicians. The Orlando physician says CVS/pharmacy basically pegged him as a criminal. CVS Pharmacy has more than 700 stores in Florida, and has refused to comment on how or why it compiled the list. Many people, however, have praised CVS Pharmacy for taking a strong position at a time when the fight against prescription drug abuse in Florida is still considered to be at the forefront.
“We have informed a small number of Florida physicians that CVS Pharmacy will no longer fill the prescriptions they write for Schedule II narcotics. 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,” said CVS Pharmacy spokesman Mike DeAngelis.
Dr. Sylvester Hanna owns Wellness Centers USA, an Orlando pain clinic. Hanna filed the defamation suit against CVS/pharmacy, claiming that by Hanna’s placement on the list, CVS/pharmacy is falsely implying that he is acting unethically or illegally.