Some executives expressed regret: Miami-Luken Chairman Joseph Mastandrea said he thinks his company contributed to the opioid crisis. And Cardinal Health executive chairman George Barrett said he wished the company had moved more quickly to stop sending millions of opioid pills to West Virginia, and believes that Cardinal would "reach different conclusions" about the unusually large orders of opioids ordered for a handful of pharmacies. "But Barrett, along with executives from AmerisourceBergen, McKesson and H.D. Smith said they don’t think their companies contributed to the opioid crisis," Cunngingham reports.
Those executives who denied culpability argued that their companies only fulfill orders from pharmacies, but do not make or prescribe the drugs. Several said they've made changes in their distribution systems to stop suspicious orders from being fulfilled. Several companues face lawsuits from states blaming them for the epidemic.