Opioid Supplier Privileges Revoked
DEA Cleared to Block Opioid Supplier’s Sales
July 17, 2017
The District Court in Washington, D.C., has granted the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) the authority to revoke the controlled-substance vending privileges of Masters Pharmaceutical. The ruling comes after Masters had repeatedly failed to enact safeguards that were intended to filter out suspicious orders that had been placed for its prescription opioid painkillers.
Drug sellers are legally obligated to follow up on drug orders that carry a whiff of illicit distribution. Masters, however, has repeatedly failed to do so; the DEA may, therefore, revoke the company’s ability to deal in controlled substances at any market level. The formal measure by which the DEA enacts this penalty is a revocation of the company’s certificate of registration.
The ruling comes after the DEA alleged in 2013 that Masters Pharmaceutical had provided millions of doses of the prescription opioid painkiller oxycodone to eight illicit pharmacies.
Oxycodone is one of several opioid medications that are often named in the so-called “opioid epidemic” that has claimed the lives of more than 30,000 Americans in recent years.
Masters Pharmaceutical has been on the DEA watchlist for some years, after a series of violations of drug-selling protocol brought it to the attention of federal authorities.
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