CVS Makes Effort to Revoke Privileges from Docs Over-Prescribing Painkillers

Pill BottleThe painkiller problem in the country is still at epidemic levels, but more people are at least aware of the problem and trying to do something about it. One example includes what might be considered a fairly bold step of the CVS pharmacy chain, as it revoked dispensing privileges from dozens of doctors throughout the country.

Pharmacies have started to be under more scrutiny recently, as evidenced by a $75 million fine issued to CVS a few years ago and a fine of $80 given to Walgreens more recently. In addition, In the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) revoked the licenses to dispense controlled substances for two CVS pharmacies in Florida last year for excessive amounts of oxycodone.

CVS Chief Medical Officer Troyen detailed steps the company took in the New England Journal of Medicine, which included examining the total numbers of prescriptions written for certain painkillers and cross-referencing them with applicable sets of factors. The result was shocking, in some cases, as one doctor was found to have written prescriptions for more than 40,000 doses of a drug that only averaged much less than 1,000.

“This isn’t a definitive solution to the problem,” said Brennan. “We wanted to share what it was that we did and have other people in healthcare, including other pharmacies, look at what we did and discuss what some more comprehensive solutions might be.”

In the battle to curb prescription drug abuse, there are many people and organizations who have roles or responsibilities. These include the people using the drugs, the doctors prescribing them and the pharmacies dispensing them, among many others. When people begin abusing drugs, there are intervention specialists and treatment centers to help. If you would like more information about successful intervention practices and rehabilitation programs, contact Family First today.

Mike Loverde

As a Certified Intervention Professional (CIP), member of NAATP, NAADAC, and accredited by the Pennsylvania Certification Board, Mike Loverde knows first-hand what it’s like to live life with addiction. By overcoming it, he had a calling to work with others who struggle with drug and alcohol addictions—the people who use and the families who feel helpless watching them decay.

With thousands of interventions across the United States done and many more to come, Loverde continues to own the intervention space, since 2005, by working with medical doctors, psychiatrists, psychologists and others who need expert assistance for their patients who need intervention. To further his impact on behavioral health and maximize intervention effectiveness, Loverde is near completion of a Masters in Addiction Studies (MHS) accreditation, as well as a Licensed Independent Substance Abuse Counselor (LISAC), and is committed to attaining the designation of a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC).

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