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State Rolls Out Guidelines For Wholesale Drug Reporting

Feb 2, 2018

Governor John Kasich discusses new reporting guidelines for wholesale drug distributors
Credit Ohio Public Radio

Dublin-based Cardinal Health says it will work with the state on new rules cracking down on suspicious orders of prescription pain killers and other drugs.

The company has been criticized for not doing enough to slow the amount of opioids being distributed.  The rules require distributors  to revamp their recordkeeping to keep up with new reporting standards. The Ohio Board of Pharmacy plans to enact an enhanced monitoring system to weed out suspicious activities. More from Ohio Public Radio's Andy Chow.

The new guidelines create a uniform, web-based tool for wholesalers to report suspicious orders of drugs, which can come from pharmacies, doctors and clinics

 

These are just the latest in a series of guidelines from Governor John Kasich’s administration to regulate the flow of drugs to patients.

 

Kasich points out that fatal prescription drug overdoses are down, although there’s been a rise in fatal overdoses with illegal drugs.

 

Kasich: “The deaths are tragic no matter who we’re talking about but we have the most amount of leverage over these things as opposed to some drug dealer out there selling laced cocaine with fentanyl.”

 

Kasich says the more data the state has on the flow of drugs, the easier it is to pinpoint factors contributing to the opioid epidemic.

 

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Here's a like to comment on the new rules:

https://pharmacy.ohio.gov/Documents/LawsRules/ProposedRules/RulesForPublicComment/Distributors%20of%20Dangerous%20Drugs%20(Wholesalers,%20Manufacturers,%203PLs,%20Outso....pdf