More than 24 million high power painkillers were shipped by Springboro-based Miami-Luken to four small pharmacies in West Virginia between 2005 and 2015. In one rural town in 2008 alone, that divided out to 5,624 pills for every person in town including children.
Now Congress wants some answers.
The U.S. House Committee on Energy and Commerce has been investigating the local pharmaceutical wholesaler since September when it asked for documents related to its shipments, the removal of its CEO and its response to the Drug Enforcement Administration’s attempt to revoke its wholesaler license.
The data was provided to Congress by the firm, which acts as a middleman between drug makers and retail pharmacies and has been under scrutiny for its possible role in the opioid overdose crisis that claimed 884 lives in West Virginia alone in 2016.
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