The DEA says the Lakeland distribution center posed a danger to public health. A DEA investigation found Cardinal shipped 50 times as much oxycodone to its four top pharmacies in Florida as to its other retail customers. In 2011, a CVS pharmacy in Sanford, Fla., purchased 1.8 million pills from Cardinal, DEA records show.
An average U.S. pharmacy dispenses 69,000 a year, the DEA said.
The amounts "were astounding — far above what I would expect from pharmacies of similar size in a city such as Sanford, Florida," DEA Administrator Michele Leonhart said in a sworn statement.