Behind every dosage unit of prescription opioids available for use by a consumer is a prescription that was issued for its use by a state-licensed medical professional and filled by a state-licensed pharmacy. As a wholesale pharmaceutical distributor, we do not manufacture medicine, diagnose medical conditions, nor write prescriptions. We also are unable to see clinical prescribing decisions or the patients for whom prescriptions are written.
Like the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), which until 2014 steadily increased allowed production quotas for opioids based on what they determined was the nation’s legitimate medical need, wholesale pharmaceutical distributors were affected by the change in the practice of medicine starting in the late 1990s. Our pharmacy customers ordered more opioids from us to keep up with demand driven by more patients getting more prescriptions from doctors for more pills.