Latebreakers: DEA revokes Internet pharmacy's registration


Drug Enforcement Administration revokes the registration for United Prescription Services in an effort to crack down on Internet pharmacies.

DEA, ruling that United Pharmacy Services represented an "imminent danger to public health and safety," revoked the pharmacy's registration following a hearing. According to the findings from the hearing, the pharmacy, owned and operated by Samuel Ballinger, filled prescriptions for,, and other Web sites. In one four-month period, the pharmacy filled nearly 12,000 Rxs from a single doctor. Carmen Catizone, executive director of NABP, who testified as an expert witness in the hearing, described the pharmacy's dispensing patterns as "disturbing" and consistent with rogue Internet pharmacies.

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