May 8, 2018 - Health

Drug distributor admits contributing to opioid crisis

Rep. Gregg Harper at a press conference.

Rep. Gregg Harper, R-Miss., led a hearing of drug distributors on Tuesday. Photo: Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call

Republican Rep. Gregg Harper asked five top executives of drug distributors at a hearing Tuesday if their companies contributed to the opioid epidemic. Every executive said no, except for Joseph Mastandrea, board chair of Miami-Luken, who said "yes."

Why it matters: Mastandrea's response was a stunning moment of honesty and stood in stark contrast to the denials of the CEOs of the much larger drug wholesalers.

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