PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — An early morning search by federal drug agents at a Kaiser Permanente pharmacy in North Portland is part of a national investigation looking into the way the pharmacy staff handles and dispenses controlled substances. But DEA officials would not discuss details.
Several DEA agents executed what they called “administrative search warrants” at the Kaiser pharmacy just off North Interstate. The arrival of the DEA agents came as a surprise to pharmacy staff just as they were opening for business at 8 a.m. Tuesday.
Kaiser’s Interstate pharmacy was the only one in Oregon that was targeted in this national DEA operation. Federal agents ushered everyone out and shut down the pharmacy while they executed the search.
“In this case they inspect the operations of the pharmacy and make sure they are in compliance with the Controlled Substances Act and their responsibilities with prescribing controlled substances,” said Kyle Mori of the DEA.
In a statement Tuesday afternoon, Kaiser Permanente said:
“We are fully cooperating with the DEA to provide the agency with the information they are seeking. As always, we are committed to complying with all state and federal regulations and ensuring the safety of our patients and members.”
The pharmacy opened for business later. No arrests were made in connection with this federal investigation.
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