Riddle me this: is the Senator proposing a ban on Zohydro also the father of the CEO of Mylan Pharmaceuticals, the company most at risk if the newly-approved non-generic pain pill goes blockbuster? Yup.
CVS is in trouble again, for allegedly mishandling addictive prescription pain killers. This time it’s hydrocodone missing from 4 CVS stores. 37,000 pills unaccounted for, believed to have been diverted to illegal black markets.
A doctor-owned clinic was busted in New York. Authorities suspect over 30,000 illegal pain killer prescriptions, and up to $500 million in pills. It was operating like the classic “Pill Mills” shut down several years ago in Florida.
New York Times reporter Barry Meier published “A World of Hurt” about prescription pain medications. Mr. Meier previously published “Pain Killer: A ‘Wonder’ Drug’s Trail of Addiction and Death” which was centered on Oxycontin abuse by teenagers.
Canadian police busted a multi-location drug manufacturing and distribution ring and discovered Facebook pills, Tim Hortons pills, and potentially deadly desmethyl fentanyl.
Last Update: January 22nd, 2013 at 9:50 pm
The DEA continues actions against Walgreens Pharmacies in Florida, issuing orders to local Walgreens in Fort Pierce, Hudson, and Oviedo, Florida.
Three strikes and you’re out: 2 CVS stores in Florida have lost their licenses to prescribe pain killers. The DEA says they didn’t do enough to stem the tide of over-prescribing, while dispensing over 3 million hydrocodone pills in 1 year.
Some politicians in Missouri have pledged to battle any prescription drug monitoring as an invasion of privacy by government. Missouri is now the only state without plans for a prescription drug monitoring program (PDMP).
Last Update: September 24th, 2012 at 12:30 am
Dr. Lisa Tseng was called “Dr. Feel Good” by agents because of her alleged high-prescribing of powerful painkillers. She’s on trial for murder. She was secretly filmed by an undercover agent seeking Oxycontin, and the video is pretty convincing.
Last Update: August 23rd, 2012 at 3:02 pm
Can convicted felon Purdue Frederick be trusted with our children? Purdue is sponsoring 2 clinical studies for Oxycontin for children, and critics claim it’s more for extended patent protection than safety of efficacy.
The DEA has been investigating 6 Walgreens pharmacy locations in South Florida and a Jupiter Florida prescription drug distribution center, after noticing increased volumes of oxycodone and other narcotics over the past 3 years.
A story out of Montana involving a drunk, an unclaimed baggie of hydrocodone pills (imprint “M366”), and a Pomeranian dog registering a 0.348 blood alcohol concentration level (nearly high enough to kill a human).
Last Update: March 8th, 2012 at 3:06 pm
Two more defendants have been sentenced to prison terms following Operation Oxy Alley, south Florida’s largest pill mill bust. So far, 28 of 32 defendants charged have pleaded guilty to charges.
Since Health Canada had only approved one brand of oxycodone (Oxycontin) for the National Health Service, Purdue Pharma Canada’s March 1 replacement of Oxycontin with abuse-proof OxyNEO is expected to create a national health crisis. Widespread opiate withdrawal is expected, especially among First Nations pain killer addicts.
Last Update: February 10th, 2012 at 9:01 pm
The DEA issued “Immediate Suspension Orders” for two CVS pharmacies in Florida today. Two pharmacies dispensed over 3 million units of oxycodone in one year.