See No Evil, Hear No Evil
Unless you are a government news aficionado, you may have missed the latest article by Jennifer Haberkorn and Brianna Ehley in Politico, headlined “Opioid distributors blame pharmacies, docs for crisis.”
The major opioid distributors recently testified before the House Energy and Commerce Oversight and Investigations Panel regarding this crisis. At least four of the five executives generally denied their responsibility for this painkiller abuse. Their excuses included:
- Blaming prior management;
- Poor technology;
- Lack of expertise to override clinical decisions;
- The dog ate my homework.
The blame-shifting fell on deaf ears, as the panel’s chairman told the stories of a West Virginia town with 400 people who received 9 million opioid pills over two years, and how the pharmacy in a town of 1,800 people got 17 million opioid pills in a decade.
Hey Big Pharma, just call me, we have the expertise to confront inappropriate clinical decisions.
I’m linking to an article in The Business Journals that highlights the proactive steps Walmart pharmacies are taking to address painkiller abuse.
The first step in wanting to do better is wanting to do better.
Call us. We can do better.