Derby Pain Clinic's High Prescribing Of Cancer Drug Extends Beyond Nurse

Number 27732
Subject Health
Source Connecticut Health Investigative Team
State
Year 2016
Publication Date Aug. 24
Summary Culling and analyzing newly released data from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, C-HIT Senior Writer Lisa Chedekel found an interesting prescribing pattern: four nurse practitioners, all affiliated with a tiny Derby pain clinic, prescribed nearly all of the state's Medicare spending for the opioid painkiller Subsys. The nurses were responsible for 279 prescriptions for Subsys, at a cost of $2.3 million in 2014. Nationally, only 10 nurse practitioners prescribed Subsys - with the majority of prescriptions written by doctors.
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Keywords opoid; painkiller; nurse practitioner; clinic
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