California Officials Fault Cardinal Health For Failing To Act On ‘Red Flags’
The accusations from the California Board of Pharmacy come amid growing scrutiny of the role that drug makers and distributors may play in the opioid crisis gripping the United States.
California Wants To Pull Cardinal Health License Over 'Red Flags'
The state of California wants to revoke the wholesale license for a facility run by Cardinal Health, one of the nation’s largest pharmaceutical distributors, for failing to note a series of unusual sales of an opioid painkiller and three other tightly regulated medicines to a pharmacy. Between 2013 and 2015, the Cardinal Health outpost in Valencia, Calif., sold increasingly large quantities of the controlled substances — including Norco, which is a mixture of acetaminophen and hydrocodone — to the pharmacy, which state officials called “red flags.” Another medicine was the Xanax anxiety pill. (Silverman, 10/18)