Thursday, August 22, 2013

CVS cuts access to opioid pain-killers for suspect doctors

Aug 21 (Reuters) Jessica Wohl,Wed Aug 21, 2013-

CVS Caremark Corp said on Wednesday that it has taken the unusual step of cutting off access to powerful pain-killers for more than 36 doctors and other healthcare providers found to prescribe the drugs at an alarmingly high rate.

The drugstore chain, which was drawn into a government crackdown on prescription painkiller abuse last year, began revoking the dispensing privileges of certain providers in late 2012, said CVS Chief Medical Officer Troyen Brennan.

"This isn't a definitive solution to the problem," Brennan told Reuters. "We wanted to share what it was that we did and have other people in healthcare, including other pharmacies, look at what we did and discuss what some more comprehensive solutions might be."

CVS disclosed the suspensions in an article published on Wednesday on the website of the New England Journal of Medicine.

You can read the full article at Reuters.

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