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Originally published December 18, 2014 at 2:20 PM | Page modified December 19, 2014 at 10:53 AM

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Costco reports federal probe about prescriptions for controlled substances

Costco said Thursday it has been informed by federal attorneys in several districts that they believe the company has violated civil regulations about the handling of prescriptions for controlled substances.


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Costco said Thursday it has been informed by federal attorneys that they believe the company has violated civil regulations about the handling of prescriptions for controlled substances.

In a quarterly filing, the Issaquah warehouse club said it is cooperating with the U.S. Attorney’s offices in several districts on the matter.

Costco had previously disclosed receiving subpoenas from the Drug Enforcement Administration and administrative inspection warrants concerning “the company’s fulfillment of prescriptions related to controlled substances and related practices.”

The disclosure on Thursday indicates that the investigation is moving into a new phase. The company didn’t immediately return a request for comment.

In March, the Sacramento Bee reported that the DEA was looking into a West Sacramento Costco that had been buying more hydrocodone, a prescription painkiller, than any other pharmacy in California. The extraordinary amount of hydroconone prescriptions filled there led the agencies to look into other Northern California Costcos, the newspaper reported.

Ángel González: 206-464-2250 or agonzalez@seattletimes.com. On Twitter @gonzalezseattle



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