Opioid prescription makes more money for the Doctors

Opioid prescription makes more money for the Doctors

Opioid prescription makes more money for the Doctors

America's opioid crisis worsens each year, but there might be more to it than meets the eye, particularly the factors behind opioid prescriptions and the doctors that give them out.

More than 200,000 physicians who prescribed opioids from 2014 through 2015 also received payment from an opioid manufacturer, according to an analysis conducted by CNN and researchers from Cambridge, Mass. -based Harvard University. More importantly, it seems that the more they prescribe, the better the payout.

In 2014 and 2015 opioid creators shelled money to hundreds of doctors all over the country six-figure sums for conversing, conferring and other services. Almost half of the 811,000 doctors who gave Medicare patient prescriptions wrote at least one for opioids.

Doctors who recommended especially large measures of the medications were the well on the way to get paid. Physicians whose opioid prescribing habits ranked among the top 1 percent nationwide received, on average, about four times as much money as a typical physician. Dr. Michael Barnett, assistant professor of health policy and management at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health said that he is not sure if money is engendering recommendation or the recommendation accelerated the money but whatever the case might be, its possibly a unsafe cycle.

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As per the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in 2016, in excess of 46 individuals died consistently in the USA from solution opioid overdoses. From 1999 to 2015, in excess of 183,000 died. The figures are astonishing, but so are the payouts doctors receive by prescribing more opioids.

Researchers found that one medic was paid over $200,000 over three years by a company that produces a highly potent opioid - fentanyl.

John Kapoor, the founder of the company that makes that drug, was summoned to federal court in October 2017 for reportedly bribing doctors for increasing their prescriptions for opioid. That study revealed that more than 68,000 doctors received payouts from the drug industry which totaled $46 million.

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