The New England Journal of Medicine recently published an article highlighting CVS pharmacy’s new program which attempts to combat pill mills (where physicians write prescriptions that provide large quantities of powerful analgesics to individual patients). Of nearly one million prescribers in the database, 42 were identified as outliers and were asked to participate in interviews. Seventeen failed to respond, two communicated through an attorney and seven sent inadequate written responses. CVS stopped filling controlled substance prescriptions for these twenty six prescribers. Of the fifteen prescribers who participated in phone interviews, five provided legitimate reasons, while the other ten could not. What does your pharmacy do to prevent prescription abuse in your community?
For more information, please see the perspective from NEJM.
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