Hundreds of doctors arrested and prosecuted for overprescribing painkillers.
Hundreds of doctor-staffed pill mills blanketing Florida in recent years.
Tens of thousands of painkiller overdose deaths each year.
Despite everything we’ve seen since doctors began widely prescribing powerful opioid painkillers in the 1990s, the American Medical Association is indignant that a mere pharmacist would dare to question a doctor’s decision.
AMA members adopted a resolution in June that warns pharmacists to refrain from asking questions about painkiller prescriptions. Those pesky phone calls just take too much time, the doctors say. Just fill the scrip.
Here’s a pharmacist trade publication story on the issue.