PRESS RELEASE: Sen. McCaskill opioid investigation expands to include distributors and additional manufacturers

Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee Minority seeks information from additional companies involved in opioid manufacturing and entities responsible for drug distribution

Senator expands inquiry to focus on ‘diversion’ of opioid products for illicit use after reports that hundreds of millions of opioid pills have entered the black market  

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill, the top-ranking Democrat on the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, today announced that she is expanding her wide-ranging investigation into the causes of the current opioid epidemic by requesting information and documents from four additional pharmaceutical manufacturers and three opioid distributors. Her requests focus on the distribution of opioids and the efforts leading companies have made to monitor, report, and investigate the diversion of drugs for illicit use. Drug diversion occurs when pharmaceutical products meant for legal use by individuals are transferred to others for illicit use, including through the black market.  

McCaskill’s newest requests for documents and information from opioid manufacturers were sent to Mallinckrodt, Endo, Teva, and Allergan, while a request to McKesson Corporation, AmerisourceBergen Corporation, and Cardinal Health, Inc., focused on their distribution of opioid products.

McCaskill has previously requested information related to sales and marketing materials, internal addiction studies, details on compliance with government settlements and donations to third party advocacy groups from major opioid manufacturers.

Click HERE to watch a short video about the investigation.

“We’ve seen numerous reports that potentially hundreds of millions of opioid pills wound up on the black market, fueling a nationwide epidemic—we need a better understanding of how committed these companies are to preventing this type of drug diversion or whether they are turning a blind eye,” McCaskill said. “The people of Missouri and the countless families affected by this epidemic across the country deserve to find out everything possible about the root causes of this crisis.”

Request to Opioid Distributors

McCaskill’s request to distributors McKesson Corporation, AmerisourceBergen Corporation, and Cardinal Health, Inc., included requests for documents and information such as:

·         Internal estimates received from outside vendors or consultants concerning the risk of diversion associated with opioid products.

·         Any audits of incentive or compensation policies conducted internally or commissioned from outside consultants.

·         A list of any facilities for which the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has suspended or revoked registrations since January 2012, including the date the DEA imposed the suspension or revocation, the reason for the suspension or revocation, and the length of the suspension.

·         Suspicious order notifications provided to DEA regarding opioid orders originating from Missouri.

·         Details of opioid shipments to any Missouri pharmacy, distributor, or other customer.

·         Any compensation provided, whether commission, incentive, or as a factor in a bonus, that is in any way derived or partially derived from revenue or profitability targets or expectations for sales of opioid products.

Request to Additional Opioid Manufacturers

In letters to the heads of Mallinckrodt, Endo, Teva, and Allergan, McCaskill requested:

·         Any suspicious order monitoring program implemented, including efforts to monitor, investigate, or report suspicious transactions between distributors and pharmacies and efforts to analyze information related to “chargeback” requests.

·         Any questionnaires sent to distributors regarding their anti-diversion and compliance efforts, and any responses to these questionnaires received.

·         Any other formal correspondence sent to or received from distributors concerning their obligations to monitor, investigate, and report suspicious orders.

·         Suspicious order notifications provided to DEA regarding opioid orders originating from Missouri.

·         Details of efforts to audit or investigate Missouri-based pharmacies, distributors, or other customers.

“This epidemic has reportedly arisen, in part, from the failure of opioid distributors to monitor the flow of hundreds of millions of painkillers to pharmacies across the United States and then on to the black market,” McCaskill wrote. “Under the Controlled Substances Act, drug distributors have an obligation to report suspicious orders of controlled substances, which include ‘orders of unusual size, orders deviating from a normal pattern, and orders of unusual frequency.’”

Earlier this year McCaskill requested that the Department of Justice Office of Inspector General conduct an investigation into the Drug Enforcement Administration’s capacity to oversee drug distributors and their role in curbing opioid abuse.

When McCaskill was ranking member of the Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations, she joined Subcommittee Chairman Rob Portman to launch an investigation into the role Medicare Part D entities, private insurers, and pharmacy benefit managers play in detecting, reporting, and addressing opioid abuse, resulting in the in-depth report, Combatting the Opioid Epidemic: A Review of Anti-Abuse Efforts in Medicare and Private Health Insurance Systems.

Read McCaskill’s letters to opioid manufacturers Mallinckrodt, Endo, Teva, and Allergan HERE. Read McCaskill’s letters to McKesson Corporation, AmerisourceBergen Corporation, and Cardinal Health, Inc. HERE.

Visit www.mccaskill.senate.gov/opioid-investigation to learn more about McCaskill’s investigation.

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