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Judge upholds DEA's shutdown of drug distributor
Judge upholds DEA's shutdown of Florida drug distributor over controls on powerful painkiller
By The Associated Press

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

Judge Reggie Walton denied Cardinals Health Inc.'s request for a preliminary injunction Wednesday, a few weeks after the company won a temporary restraining order blocking the DEA's suspension efforts. Cardinal Health says it will appeal Wednesday's ruling.

To combat the abuse of pain pills like oxycodone, the DEA issued orders earlier this month to suspend the sale of controlled substances by two CVS pharmacies in the Orlando area, and Cardinal Health's Lakeland-based center that supplied drugs to the stores. The agency said the pharmacies were dispensing amounts of oxycodone far in excess of legitimate needs.

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