Kroger to pay U.S. Government $225,000 to settle civil

Allegations  it violated the Controlled Substances Act

Kroger Limited Partnership and Kroger Pharmacy have agreed to pay the United States $225,000 to settle civil allegations that it violated the Controlled Substances Act (CSA) more than a dozen times at its Rio Hill Center location in Charlottesville, Virginia. United States Attorney Thomas T. Cullen and Jesse R. Fong, Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration’s Washington Field Division, recently made the announcement.

“Pharmacies are vital partners in our collective efforts to reduce the unlawful diversion and use of dangerous opioid drugs,” Cullen said. “As this case illustrates, federal prosecutors will utilize all available tools, including civil actions, to ensure that entities and individuals involved in the lawful dispensing of these potentially deadly drugs fully comply with the law.”

The settlement resolves allegations by the United States that Kroger #334 (Rio Hill Center, Charlottesville, Va.) violated the CSA on at least 16 distinct occasions between May 2, 2015 and May 30, 2016. According to settlement documents, the United States claimed that Kroger #334 violated the CSA by improperly filling “office use only” prescriptions for Schedule II controlled substances; failed to make and keep DEA 222 order forms; improperly distributed a Schedule II controlled substance absent the required DEA 222 form; and failed to provide effective controls and procedures to guard against diversion of controlled substances.


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