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Local pharmacies struggle to stock shelves

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Updated: 10/30/2013 12:00 am
JACKSONVILLE Fla.-- Weise family pharmacy has been filling prescriptions for generations of Ortega neighbors, but this generation may be the last.

"We're having to transfer prescriptions away to other pharmacies," said pharmacist Gilbert Weise.

New DEA laws have made it more complicated for pharmacies to get controlled substances from the warehouses that provide them.

"As a result small pharmacies like ours we're not able to take care of some of our elderly patients that rely on us for sleep medicine," he said.

Because "mom and pop" pharmacies are struggling to stock their shelves, big box shops like Walgreens and CVS are taking their business.

"I can't get any answers from my wholesaler," said Weise.

Action News reached out to the DEA to find out why small pharmacies are being slighted.

DEA spokesperson Mia Rowe said "The DEA does not limit quantities, and we are not aware of any shortages."

But even local doctors have noticed a change.

"It does seem that small mom and pop shop pharmacies are being targeted," said Duval County Medical Society vice president, Daniel Kantor. He says it's not fair to local patients.

"They're being pushed into these larger corporations," said Kantor.

So businesses like Weise's pharmacy are being pushed to extinction.
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Rfoleyrx - 11/2/2013 12:52 PM
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Actually this has nothing to do with the Affordable Care Act. This is a result if the state of Florida's "pill mill bill"

Gunny48 - 10/30/2013 8:13 PM
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I'm sure there's an "explanation" somewhere in obozocare...
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