As a practicing community pharmacist I read with interest the story
on the fine agreed to by Walgreen’s Pharmacies. Since they agreed
to the fine I assume that Walgreen’s agrees that they had a lack of
control and has now taken steps to correct this oversight.
My concern is how the DEA spokesperson is so quick to point the
finger at pharmacist’s oversight, wholesaler’s oversight but never
seem to accept responsibility for the ultimate source of this
problem. After all, which government agency licenses practitioners
and enables them to prescribe these drugs in egregious quantities?
Exactly the DEA! Who licenses the clinics that open? Exactly, the
DEA! Who solicits from ALL of the major Pharmacy Benefits Managers
dispensing data that shows who is writing these prescriptions?
Exactly, the DEA!
My point is, why don’t they act on the entity that INITIATES the
prescriptions? Because they are infringing on a physician’s
decision making and that scares them to death! They are not
physicians! By the time they get around to the obvious, thousands
if not millions of prescriptions have been written.