The inspector general says the federal government could do more to stop this.
“Last year, a patient using Medicare’s prescription drug program managed to receive an unbelievable amount of opioids: In total, this patient got 46 different prescribers and 20 pharmacies to dole out the drugs. In just August, this patient managed to receive 11 different opioid prescriptions from eight prescribers and six pharmacies across five states — a potential indication that no one involved checked the patient’s prescription history.
This is an extreme case, but it’s one example cited in a new report by the Office of Inspector General (OIG) at the US Department of Health and Human Services as evidence that the Medicare prescription drug program, Part D, is essentially funding a lot of opioid prescriptions that are fueling the ongoing drug overdose epidemic. In short, Part D is likely enabling potentially tens of thousands of opioid users in getting the drugs so they can misuse or resell them.
Source: Vox.com – July 13, 2017