Larry Cote quoted in article “FDA Adds Black-Box Warning To Opioids”03/22/16
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Those additional steps include educating physicians on not prescribing too many pills at a time and ensuring medical schools teach physicians-in-training more about the dangers of opioids, Quarles & Brady LLP partner Larry Cote told Law360. For example, Cote said he hears stories of physicians prescribing 30- or 60-day supplies of pain medication for outpatient surgeries, when the patient may need only a supply to last two weeks.
“All the data points to there being an oversupply of drugs out there that are susceptible to diversion,” he said. “I think some of the studies show that 60 to 70 percent of diversion occurs with people going to family members medicine cabinets and taking pills out ... You’ve got to imagine that it’s not hard to make the leap that there's all these extra drugs in medicine cabinets partly because doctors are overprescribing.”