Distributors, regulators solid blame for opioid epidemic

Opioid distribution firms and federal regulators pointed the finger at one another as a contributing issue within the nation’s opioid epidemic throughout a landmark civil trial in West Virginia

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Opioid distribution firms and federal regulators pointed the finger at one another as a contributing issue within the nation’s opioid epidemic throughout a landmark civil trial in West Virginia.

A former Drug Enforcement Administration official and the distributors every argued Wednesday that the opposite facet disregarded requests to adjust to rules and insurance policies, The Herald-Dispatch reported. Doing so may have led to stopping the movement of tablets into native communities, they stated.

The lawsuit introduced by Cabell County and town of Huntington accuses AmerisourceBergen, Cardinal Well being Inc. and McKesson Corp. of fueling the epidemic. The trial is being heard in Charleston.

Joe Rannazzisi, former head of the Workplace of Diversion Management for the DEA from 2006 to 2015, stated distributors did not observe DEA insurance policies.

McKesson lawyer Paul Schmidt stated Rannazzisi made a sequence of drastic adjustments when he took his place however didn’t talk them clearly. Schmidt stated distributors tried to vary their monitoring insurance policies for suspicious orders, however have been in the end unsuccessful as a result of breakdown in communication.

The businesses have maintained that poor communication and tablet quotas set by federal brokers are accountable for the epidemic, together with an increase in prescriptions written by medical doctors.

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