I Started This Night Intending To Write Onion-Like Satire About This, But It's Really Not Funny. CVS Is A Drug Pusher.

I mean, it would be really easy to do some tongue in cheek stuff about how the DEA protected the mom and pop drug dealers of Sanford, Florida from corporate chain competition when they pulled the controlled drug registrations of two CVS stores, and I got a couple hundred words into it, but....

I kept thinking about one of my favorites, back when I had customers. In her mid 30's, but maybe the mental capacities of a 12 year old. She was sweet and deeply troubled. Good Lord that woman had been through some shit that left her with pain both physical and mental, but you couldn't help but to see the goodness popping up through the surface of the storms that went through her mind. You have no idea how hard I rooted for her.

Now she's dead. Because another drugstore filled a prescription they had no business filling. Kinda like those two CVS stores in Sanford. Except those two CVS stores in Sanford were doing it a lot more often.

The DEA says those two stores were pumping out enough oxycodone to supply a city with eight times the population of Sanford. Which means people are almost assuredly dead now that wouldn't have been. People who lost their battle with demons that taunted them, with a little help from the friendly pharmacy that looked the other way. Mothers have no sons, lovers are alone, friends are only memories.

I'll bet you though, that every one of those tortured souls were asked at the pharmacy counter, not about the addiction that was destroying them, but if they had their annual flu shot. A few of the deceased probably met their end with a blood stream full of narcotics and antibodies against this year's  A/Victoria/361/2011 influenza strain.

If only there was great profit in getting them the help they really needed.

This is what your profession has come to. CVS is the single strongest player in the pharmacy field. On the cusp of being dominant. Walgreens just screwed themselves business wise and Rite Aid... is hardly worth mentioning. The independents have been devastated and the Wal-Marts and Safeway's that fill a few scripts do it mostly as a side business. Until an ambitious Vice-President decides he wants to make a name for himself by making the prescriptions profitable, which means he'll take a look at how CVS did it.

The accusations of bribery

The overcharging of the taxpayer.

The overcharging of their customers.

The person not a pharmacist who was perfectly able to do everything CVS expects of one.

The defiance of a body responsible for regulating the profession and protecting the public.

How the lax narcotic controls were preceded by lax controls of the materials needed to make crystal meth.

These are the people who now control your profession. Perhaps it's the onset of maturity, maybe it's the crankiness of stress, but you know, tonight, I just don't think it's funny.

CVS had the chutzpah to sue to challenge the suspension by the way, and says “We are reviewing the decision, evaluating our options and determining the best way to continue to serve our customers”

I might suggest, that if they were the slightest bit worried about the best way to serve their customers, none of this would have happened. I might suggest, that the best way to serve your customers CVS,  is not by enabling them in ways to kill themselves.

Back when we were in control of our profession, that used to be obvious.

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