McKesson Pays $150M in Fines, Halts Drug Sales

Jan 18, 2017

Crain's Chicago Business

McKesson Corp. has agreed to pay a $150 million civil penalty and suspend sales of controlled substances from distribution centers in four states, according to an article in Crain's Chicago Business. The company was charged with allegations that it has, for the second time, failed to report suspicious orders of controlled substances (opioids).

McKesson was ordered to halt sales of controlled substances from distribution centers in Colorado, Ohio, Michigan and Florida for multiple years. The article also said the nationwide settlement imposes “new and enhanced compliance obligations” on McKesson's distribution system, according to the U.S. Justice Department.

The company also had a settlement in 2008 in which McKesson agreed to a $13.25 million civil penalty and committed to come up with an “effective system” to detect and report suspicious orders for controlled substances.

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