DEA Suspends Evergreen Park Pharmacy’s Registration for Dispensing Unsafe and Excessive Amounts of Certain Drugs

EVERGREEN PARK, Ill. (CBS) — A pharmacy in suburban Evergreen Park has been busted for giving patients a dangerous mix of drugs – and that’s not all.

As CBS 2’s Tara Molina reported Thursday, the Drug Enforcement Administration suspension did not shut down Evergreen Park Pharmacy. But that means the pharmacy can no longer fill certain prescriptions — from Adderall to ketamine — with a ban on dispensing nearly all controlled substances.

The Evergreen Park Pharmacy is located in the OSF Little Company of Mary Medical Center at 95th Street and California Avenue, so it is not visible from the street. We are told that it is not affiliated with the hospital or medical center:

“Evergreen Park Pharmacy is an independent pharmacy not affiliated with OSF HealthCare. The owners of the pharmacy rent the space but are not employed by the hospital. Patients have a choice of where prescriptions are filled.”

The Chicago Division of the DEA on Thursday suspended the pharmacy’s registration. The order suspends the pharmacy’s authority to dispense controlled pharmaceutical drugs on Schedules II-V — which includes everything from Adderall to codeine and oxycodone.

“The DEA investigation revealed numerous alleged regulatory violations, and a subsequent review of the Illinois Prescription Monitoring Program found that excessive opioids and hazardous drug combinations were dispensed to multiple patients. A pharmacy expert has reviewed the records of dispensing controlled substances to three patients at Evergreen Park Pharmacy,” the DEA said in a news release. “The expert concluded that the quantities and combinations of controlled substance medications dispensed to these patients were not for legitimate medical purposes and could have resulted in respiratory failure and death.”

The DEA press release continued, “A state-licensed pharmacy has the right to apply for DEA registration and must maintain active, approved registration to legally dispense medications containing controlled substances. If a pharmacy fails to comply not meet regulated professional standards when dispensing controlled substances, and continued issuing authority would be inconsistent with the public interest, the DEA may administratively suspend and ultimately revoke the pharmacy’s registration.”

Currently, the registration is suspended, but it could still be revoked entirely.

A DEA spokesperson told us that this pharmacy will be able to present its case to a judge before a final decision is made.

CBS 2 has contacted this pharmacy for comment. We were told the owner was available to weigh in on Thursday, and the pharmacy did not provide a statement on the grounds that only the owner can speak to the situation.

The underlined pharmacy is always open during normal hours and is only limited in the type of drugs it can dispense.


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