Prescription companies aren't helping the opioid addiction epidemic

I agree with the main point of the letter “Compassion cannot end the drug abuse epidemic” (Oct. 18) that drug companies might be playing a role in improper distribution of opioids.

As a psychiatrist, like all other physicians, I am dealing with similar issues. Yesterday I sent prescriptions for few medications to the local CVS pharmacy for 30 days. I got the call from the pharmacy that Caremark allows 90-days’ supply of medications and not less than that. CVS is the parent company of the Caremark. I decided to send the prescription to Walgreens, and I got the similar response that they allow only 90 days’ supply and not less than that.

I deal with people with depression, sometimes severe depression, and sometimes patients are unstable. This is also very true for all other physicians in the country. I tried to call the CVS Caremark to discuss this issue but after talking with few people they could not direct me to the right place.

I sent the email to the CEO of CVS regarding this serious issue that CVS Caremark is forcing doctors to write large quantity of medications and some can use that to overdose. Who will be held responsible if this happens? In this case CVS Caremark should be liable and responsible for that such incident.

I have not received the response from the CEO yet.

Once again, who is treating the patients — doctors or the prescription plan companies? Furthermore, I am very concerned that state of Maryland has given the next years’ prescription plan contract for the state employees to CVS Caremark.

I am hoping other physicians will come forward to object the improper involvement of the prescription plan companies such as CVS Caremark.

Dr. Mahendra S. Khera, Sykesville

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