Cardinal Health’s Wikipedia page

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cardinal_Health

“On December 10, 2013, it was announced that Cardinal Health would team up with CVS Caremark, which would form the largest generic drug sourcing operation in the United States. The venture was named Red Oak Sourcing and began operations in July 2014.”

1/10/2014, Access to painkillers disrupted by unpredictable supply chain

http://drugtopics.modernmedicine.com/drug-topics/content/tags/b-douglas-hoey/access-painkillers-disrupted-unpredictable-supply-chain

One pharmacist wrote on the survey “we try to scrutinize all controlled substance prescriptions, but are made to feel like criminals when trying to service our patients.”

Another stated, “This situation has literally brought customers to tears in our store. I fully understand the diversion and abuse of these powerful chemicals. I agree that something must be done, but to deny pain management to deserving individuals is inhumane at best. We have to find a way to curb the abuse and still provide relief from pain for those truly suffering.”

Aetna continues to identify its members who have a pattern of above-normal use of opioids and frequent emergency room visits and helps them to fight addiction with its Behavioral Health’s Medication Assistance Program, according to a Business Wire report.

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Funny how Aetna just assumes that ER visits and an “above-normal” use of opioids means you’re suffering from addiction, instead of the under-treatment of pain.  If you take opioids, please be aware that your insurance company is tracking you.

11/24/2014, Teens Prescribed Anti-Anxiety or Sleep Medications More Likely to Abuse Those Drugs Illegally

http://www.pharmacytimes.com/association-news/Teens-Prescribed-Anti-Anxiety-or-Sleep-Medications-More-Likely-to-Abuse-Those-Drugs-Illegally-Research-Finds

“When taken as prescribed, these drugs are effective and not dangerous. The problem is when adolescents use too many of them or mix them with other substances, especially alcohol.”

9/28/2011, Popping pills — out of a machine

http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2011-09-28/health/ct-x-0928-prescription-vending-machine-20110928_1_vending-machines-machines-offer-prescription-drugs

The machines offer more than 1,000 drugs commonly prescribed for acute illnesses and injuries, such as antibiotics, antihistamines and inhalers. Controlled medications such as oxycodone, known as Schedule II drugs, can also be dispensed, depending on a state’s laws.

11/24/2014, Gabapentin Capsules Recall – Complaints of Empty Capsules

http://www.fda.gov/Safety/MedWatch/SafetyInformation/SafetyAlertsforHumanMedicalProducts/ucm424519.htm?source=govdelivery&utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery

Aurobindo Pharma USA is voluntarily recalling lot GESB14011-A of Gabapentin Capsules, USP 300 mg 100-count bottles to the consumer level. The product lot has been found to contain some empty capsules.

www.aurobindo.com/

Aurobindo Pharma is one of the leading Indian pharmaceutical research companies that manufactures and export drugs and formulations worldwide.

11/17/2014, Marine’s Mom Plans to Sue VA Over Son’s Death

http://www.military.com/daily-news/2014/11/17/marines-mom-plans-to-sue-va-over-sons-death.html

Hours into a battle in Afghanistan on his second tour of duty, U.S. Marine Janos “Johnny” Lutz saw his best friend die, killed by an enemy bullet to the neck. Before the fighting ended, more Marines, more friends had fallen in Operation Khanjar.

Lutz never really recovered from the wreckage of that day in July 2009. He was ravaged with nightmares and anxiety, depression and “survivor’s guilt.” The official diagnosis: post-traumatic stress disorder, treated with a combination of prescription medications. In January 2013, 14 months after surviving deployments in Afghanistan and Iraq, the decorated Lance Corporal died after swallowing a handful of tranquilizers and pain pills at his family home in Davie. He was 24.

9/29/2012, Scores of recent Texas war veterans have died of overdoses, suicide and vehicle crashes

http://www.statesman.com/news/news/local-military/texas-war-veteran-deaths-studied/nSPJs/

They survived the battlefields of Iraq and Afghanistan. But they did not survive the homecoming…

Yet the autopsy reports and investigation narratives obtained by the Statesman paint a mosaic of pain, desperation and hopelessness among a significant number of Texas veterans.

Among them were:

  • Chad Mitchell, 40,  a veteran of seven  overseas deployments who had settled in Austin after leaving the Navy. He died in September 2010  with a half-dozen prescription drugs in his system, including anti-anxiety medication and powerful painkillers oxycodone and methadone prescribed by physicians in a private pain clinic and VA doctors. Mitchell suffered from PTSD, chest pain from an earlier operation and nerve pain from a shoulder injury in Iraq.
  • Justin Languis, a 31-year-old  veteran of Iraq who shot and killed himself in January 2011 at the Fort Hood memorial wall commemorating fallen soldiers of the 1st Cavalry Division. Languis had deployed with the division twice, serving as a combat medic during the battles of Fallujah and Najaf and surviving an improvised explosive device blast that left him injured. Several soldiers from his units were killed during the deployments, their names etched in the wall where Languis committed suicide.
  • Paul Norris, a 24-year-old Army veteran, who died when he lost control of his Honda Civic and slammed into a rock wall along an El Paso street. Police said Norris was speeding; his father said his son was usually a cautious driver and believes his son was experiencing a flashback to his time in Iraq when he lost control of his car.