Here are links to the six parts along with my commentary on each article.
Online Overdose – The main article provides a succinct summary of the biggest problem with the pharmaceutical supply chain today. Guess what? It’s really easy to get controlled substances via rogue Internet pharmacies sites, which “flourished in a virtually unchecked pharmaceutical supply chain that allowed anyone to answer a few questions and easily receive addictive medications, the same controlled substances that are in high demand on the street.” Lots of good facts and quotes, including one from yours truly. For more background, see my post The DEA's Anti-Diversion Strategy.
Cardinal pays up for drug slip-ups – A behind-the-scenes look at the problems that led to the license suspensions at Cardinal Health (
Small-town pharmacist caught up in scheme – The strange tale of how independent pharmacist Steve Holtel of Stoltz Drugs got mixed up with a national scheme to fill false prescriptions faxed from other states. All pharmacists should read this cautionary tale, although Mr. Holtel is a complex character with a troubled legal past.
Ex-employee, Cardinal both profited in buying discounted medicine – Summary of previous allegations about secondary market trading by Cardinal employees. You can read more in Dangerous Doses or Cardinal’s agreement with then-New York attorney general Eliot Spitzer.
Pending law will regulate online prescription-drug sales – Summary of the Ryan Haight Online Pharmacy Consumer Protection Act, which will be signed by President Bush any day.
Demand for addictive drugs testing security – Drug addicts are quite persistent.
Today’s photo has nothing whatsoever to do with this post. It’s just a friendly reminder of another great series from this blogger's hometown (despite last night's game)!