C-HIT: Pharma Perks

Number 25643
Subject Health Care
Source Conn. Health Investigative Team
State Conn.
Year 2012
Publication Date 07/28/20122
Summary The Affordable Care Act requires pharmaceutical companies to publicly report all payments to physicians by September 2013. Some drug companies have already compiled, but few consumers know that the information is available or how to access it. What this story did is disclose for the first time for CT consumers: 1) how many doctors in Connecticut are high-prescribers of certain psychotropic and pain medications, (108) 2) the cost of written prescriptions (hundreds of thousands of dollars in some cases) 3) how many of these doctors received payments from drug companies (at least 43) 4) and the amounts that the doctors received from the drug companies ($30,000 - $99,000) It also reported that only 3 doctors on the high-prescribing drug list have been disciplined by the state Medical Examining Board.
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Keywords Affordable Care Act; pharmacy; physicians; prescriptions; drugs; Medical Examining Board
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