Justice, Walmart and the Deadly Abuse of Medicine

In his critique of the Justice Division’s swimsuit in opposition to Walmart for fueling the opioid disaster (“A Case Towards Walmart Mocks Justice,” op-ed, Dec. 28), Michael Krauss writes, “State legal guidelines require pharmacists to fill prescriptions which were validly written by certified medical practitioners. Pharmacists lack the experience to second-guess docs’ judgments in regards to the acceptable necessity of a drugs and the correct dosing for a specific affected person.”

The potential drug-utilization-review provisions of the Omnibus Finances Reconciliation Act of 1990, nonetheless, require pharmacists to guage prescribed remedy to make sure it’s “acceptable, medically needed, and never more likely to end in antagonistic occasions.” Guaranteeing pharmacists are proficient at fulfilling this duty is core to the coaching of each pharmacist.

The pharmacy apply act in each state really requires the pharmacist to guage the appropriateness of the remedy order and take acceptable motion to make sure affected person security, together with refusing to dispense the prescription, if needed. Requiring the medical indication or analysis be positioned on each prescription order would dramatically enhance pharmacists’ skill to satisfy this important authorized {and professional} duty.

Prof. Michael T. Rupp

Midwestern College School of Pharmacy, Glendale

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