reports in a separate story. "It requires the wholesalers to report those questionable orders to the pharmacy board. And the regulation spells out what orders should be flagged: those 'of unusual size, orders deviating substantially from a normal pattern, and orders of unusual frequency'.” (Gazette-Mail graphic: Opioid doses per 10,000 people from 2007-2012)
Instead of "suspicious" sales going down, they actually went up, Eyre reports. For example, in Mingo County on the southwestern border of the state, Tug Valley Pharmacy's "sales orders for the painkiller hydrocodone jumped from 820,000 pills in 2007 to more than 2.4 million in 2008 and more than 3 million in 2009, DEA records show. But the increases didn't prompt wholesalers to send a single suspicious order report about Tug Valley to the pharmacy board those years."
The pharmacy board, which for the first time Monday publicly discussed the "suspicious" sales reporting requirement, last week voted unanimously "to send letters to drug wholesalers, asking them to report suspicious orders," Eyre writes. There's no record that the board ever previously notified distributors of the suspicious order rule.