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Lawmakers to investigate companies, pharmacies that flooded states with pain pills


WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. (WVVA) Lawmakers are taking new action against pharmaceutical companies and distributors that pushed millions of pain pills to West Virginia pharmacies. 

In a press conference at The Greenbrier on Friday, members of the House Energy and Commerce Committee took a break the Republican retreat to discuss congressional actions regarding the opioid crisis in West Virginia. 

Reps. Evan Jenkins (R-W.Va.), David McKinley (R-W.Va.) and House Energy & Commerce Committee Chairman Greg Walden (R-Ore.) said their committee will holding hearings in upcoming weeks as part of an investigation that could result in legislative changes and possible referrals to the U.S. Dept. of Justice. 

"You're going to see legislative action come up and I think there's going to be civil action on some of them," said Rep. McKinley.

The committee recently sent letters to the drug wholesaler Miami-Luken, raising questions about the companies shipments to several pharmacies in West Virginia, including Colony Drug in Beckley and Westside Pharmacy in Oceana, West Virginia.

According to the Charleston Gazette, the letters raised questions over Miami-Luken's shipments to Westside Pharmacy in 2015, which they said was filling prescriptions for a Virginia doctor, who operated a pain clinic two hours from Oceana. The Virginia Board of Medicine suspended the doctor's license the following year. 

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