UPDATE: METH BUSTS INCREASE 85% IN MOUNTAIN STATE - Calhoun Has Four Busts In 2013
Several years ago, Big Pharma convinced the West Virginia legislature that a bill to obtain lower prices for prescriptions for Mountain State residents was not needed, the state wanting to sign on to a federal drug purchase registry.
Big Pharma, in lieu of the bill, set up a web site to help West Virginians get lower prescription rates.
It faded quickly.
Now, the electronic tracking system NPLEx, paid for by Big Pharma, that was supposed to slow the spread of methamphetamine labs in West Virginia by blocking purchases of the cold medicines that fuel the labs is failing, according to data obtained by the Sunday Gazette-Mail.
The number of boxes of the cold medicine blocked by NPLEx has declined 72 percent, according to the data. The drug users have figured out how to beat the system.
Cold medication sales blocked by NPLEx plummet 72% by
Eric Eyre for the Charleston Gazette
Meanwhile, a bill passed by the WV House and resting in the WV Senate, that would forbid Attorney General Patrick Morrisey, a former pharmaceutical lobbyist, to touch state lawsuits against pharmaceutical companies.