Archives for October 2010

State provides spending data on prescription drugs to senator

Arizona Daily Star Stephanie Innes Arizona last year spent at least $5.3 million on 11 powerful pain and antipsychotic medications for its poorest residents. The medications are the target of U.S. Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, who is concerned they are being overprescribed in some parts of the country. As a result, Arizona recently submitted spending […]

Feds eye doctors\’ prescriptions for drug fraud

PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE-REVIEW By Andrew Conte One Pennsylvania doctor wrote prescriptions for more than $1 million worth of an antipsychotic drug. Another averaged 25 scrips a day for the antidepressant Xanax. In both cases, federal taxpayers footed the bill through the Medicaid program for the poor. Some doctors are so prolific with dispensing government-funded drugs that […]

Arizona provides prescription drug spending data to U.S. Senator

Arizona Daily Star Stephanie Innes U.S. Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, is asking for a federal investigation into the volume of poweful narcotic drugs that the government is paying for through Medicare and Medicaid. Grassley\’s findings after reviewing government data submitted by individual states included a Miami doctor who wrote nearly 97,000 prescriptions in 18 months […]

Editorial: Senator asks good questions about prescription drugs

The Herald-Dispatch Editorial: Senator asks good questions about prescription drugs He is a U.S. senator from another state, but we think Charles Grassley of Iowa is asking the right questions about a topic that affects our region in a big way. Recently, Grassley studied Medicare and Medicaid prescription rates from doctors around the country, and […]

Top prescribers under Senate\’s microscope

Star Tribune U.S. Sen Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, examined Minnesota doctors as part of his investigation into the overprescription of drugs, at great cost to Medicaid and Medicare. By JEREMY OLSON Minnesota doctors are again under the microscope of an influential U.S. senator from Iowa — this time because of concerns that expensive medications are being […]

Senator: Feds should probe high prescribing docs

Bloomberg Business Week The Associated Press October 21, 2010 By KELLI KENNEDY A key U.S. Senator is asking federal officials to investigate after reviewing data that shows doctors across the country prescribing alarmingly high numbers of powerful mental health drugs paid for by Medicare and Medicaid. U.S. Sen. Charles Grassley of Iowa studied Medicare and […]

High Prescribing Florida Psychiatrist Sparks Federal Investigation

Miami Herald Another volley in Rx probe Sen. Charles Grassley of Iowa continues his investigation into doctors who prescribe large numbers of drugs — a move sparked by a Miami psychiatrist. BY MAR CABRA AND JOHN DORSCHNER October 21, 2010 Based on the huge numbers of prescriptions written by a Miami psychiatrist, Sen. Charles Grassley, […]