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IACP Releases Statement on CBS News Story re: Pain Meds

Wednesday, May 6, 2015   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Dagmar Anderson
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The first of CBS News' multi-part investigation into Tricare's escalating costs for compounded medications, linked with questionable and potentially illegal pain marketing schemes, aired last night. The second part, including interviews with a physician who issued a prescription without examining the patient for whom he prescribed a topical pain cream, is scheduled for tonight (Wednesday, 6 May). The CBS This Morning, included additional information as well.
Please click here to view CBS News', Tuesday, May 5th broadcast, "Free Pain Meds for Veterans Cost Taxpayers Big Bucks."


Please click here to view the CBS This Morning, Wednesday, May 6th broadcast.


IACP Releases Statement


IACP has released a statement directly to CBS News, as well as to the media at large regarding the broadcast and IACP's response.


IACP: "CBS News has exposed a practice that is in many cases both illegal and unethical: providing medication to an individual in the absence of a relationship with that patient and the patient’s physician. Pharmacists are responsible and obligated to work closely with prescribers and the patients they treat to assure that the right medication is being provided to meet that individual’s health care needs. The violation of that sacred relationship by a marketing firm – especially one that engages in questionable telemarketing practices and promises of “free” medications such as the one identified in this story – is reprehensible and cannot be condoned."


Please click here to read the entire IACP statement.


IACP's Advice to Patients


Please click here to read IACP's advice on what to ask your pharmacist and physician whenever receiving a new medication.

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