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top Senate Democrat is expanding a probe into the opioid crisis by asking four more drug makers, as well as the nation’s largest pharmaceutical distributors, for a raft of information.

In a series of letters, U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) wants the companies to explain the steps they have taken to mitigate the opioid epidemic, particularly monitoring suspicious orders and preventing the diversion of the prescription painkillers. The letters were sent to Teva Pharmaceuticals, Allergan, Endo International, and Mallinckrodt, along with Cardinal Health, McKesson, and AmerisourceBergen (see here and here).

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  • Are you saying Dr than low income families on Medicaid fueled this so called epidemic? Or that the government fueled this so called epidemic? Or both..

    • No, I’m saying this is a misguided government insurance program being scammed by insurance companies that have contracted with the government to cover these people. Health insurance does not mean Health care. The Medicaid program is a scam on the American people.

  • She should expand the probe to the doctors who work for the insurance companies that administer Medicaid. The opioid crisis occurred right after Medicaid was extended to low-income individuals. The Government became the primary drug supplier.

    • Vincent Tedone “MD?”. Aren’t you the high and mighty. Your statement is complete discrimination against “low income individuals”.
      It appears you are stating the cause for the [fictitious] “opioid epidemic”, is due to the poor and low income people in the United States now having access to health care under medicaid. So it’s the poor and low income to blame for receiving a benefit from the government and the physicians who help them.
      Did it occur to you that maybe we finally had the means to visit a physician for chronic illnesses and debilitating conditions and get medication we desperately need?
      But now since these Government agencies are causing this hysteria they want to place a blame on easy targets, patients and physicians. They do not want to put real effort into going after the illegal drugs coming into this country from China and Mexico. Illegal fentanyl and heroin manufacturers and distributors are causing this epidemic. It’s not the legally prescribed and medically necessary medications we patients need.
      As for as the MD after your name, a physician who just discriminated and looked down on low income and poor individuals, in your statement, beware of you.

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