March 1, 2012
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has declared prescription drug abuse a national epidemic, killing nearly as many people as car accidents. Drug diversion is a big part of the problem. To address this, pharmacists should be asked the following questions about dispensing certain narcotics:
- Should pharmacies check law enforcement databases to stop “pharmacy shopping” for narcotics?
- Why is the drugstore lobby trying to limit pharmacy fraud and abuse enforcement?
- Does the drugstore lobby really need new tax incentives to comply with their own code of ethics?
- Should pharmacies alert law enforcement when unfamiliar customers pay cash at the counter for narcotics?