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• HB 225 is expected to inspire a brouhaha. A key provision of the bill prohibits doctors from dispensing more than a three-day supply of controlled substances to cash-paying patients. • SB 2272 would prohibit convicted felons or doctors with prescription drug violations from owning pain clinics, require criminal background checks on doctors and owners, and allow the state health department to search patient records for activity tied to acquiring controlled substances. The headlines have a common theme. Federal agents charged a Port Richey Police officer with peddling the prescription pain killer oxycodone. Five days ...
Yesterday’s House vote to repeal the state’s gift ban and disclosure law is a step back from Massachusetts’ landmark health reform law. We are disappointed that some House members chose to put drug and device profits ahead of patients’ health. And we thank those members who fought to keep the law intact. Research shows that giving gifts to prescribers influences which drugs they prescribe for patients. And drug and device companies promote the most expensive, name-brand, least-proven drugs. In addition to the billions of dollars spent annually on prescriber marketing, the drug ... Read More
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