prescription drugs

Amid Rampant Fraud, Medicare Moves to Tighten Oversight of Prescribers

Amid Rampant Fraud, Medicare Moves to Tighten Oversight of Prescribers
Ten years after Medicare’s vaunted prescription drug program was signed into law, the Obama administration and Congress are re-evaluating whether it does enough to stop inappropriate prescribing and fraud by physicians. Until now, the program’s top priority has been getting drugs into the hands of its elderly and disabled enrollees, earning it high praise from consumers and politicians. Medicare is now putting in place changes that would give greater priority to targeting fraud and curbing waste.
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Charles Ornstein and Tracy Weber
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Only Small Fraction of Medicare Patients Enrolled in Lowest-Cost Prescription Drug Program

Only Small Fraction of Medicare Patients Enrolled in Lowest-Cost Prescription Drug Program
With open enrollment for 2014 drawing to a close this Saturday, there’s little time for delay for 36 million Medicare patients to choose a drug plan. Even those happy with their plan from last year need to re-evaluate dozens of choices, as changing costs can double or even triple a person's annual prescription costs.
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Charles Ornstein
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'Pay-for-Delay' Earned Big Pharma $98 Billion on Just 20 Name-Brand Drugs

'Pay-for-Delay' Earned Big Pharma $98 Billion on Just 20 Name-Brand Drugs
Before the generic was released, people with high cholesterol paid as much as $205 for a 30-day prescription to Lipitor. The generic now costs them just $18 each month. The pay-for-delay tactic used by big pharmaceutical companies to keep generic drugs off the market earned them as much as $98 billion in total sales of just 20 name-brand drugs last year, according to a U.S. PIRG report.
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Poppin' Pills: The Problems With Medicare’s Prescription Drug Program

Poppin' Pills: The Problems With Medicare’s Prescription Drug Program
From over-prescribing legitimate doctors to unlicensed healthcare workers issuing prescriptions, Medicare's prescription drug program is rife with abuses that amount to another subsidy for the big pharmaceutical companies. Here's a recent rap sheet from the previous few years and an especially busy few weeks.
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Tracy Weber, Charles Ornstein and Jennifer LaFleur
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