Schnuck Markets has paid a penalty to the United States of America on the grounds that they violated the Controlled Substances Act. They have paid this fine voluntarily. The matter was under investigation by the St. Louis and Chicago field offices of the Drug Enforcement Administration's Office of Diversion Control. United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois Stephen R. Wiggington announced yesterday that Schnucks paid the U.S. government $65,000 on the allegations that their pharmacies have been filling prescriptions for controlled substances by mid level practitioners not authorized to prescribe said substances because they previously surrendered their prescribing privileges. U.S. Attorney Wiggington says that he will not tolerate pharmacies and pharmacists who violate the law. He also added that to its credit, Schnucks was cooperative throughout the investigations. The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Adam Hanna.

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