Drug Abuse Prevention

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PCMA supports the creation of “Safe Pharmacies” in Medicare Part D for Controlled Prescription Drugs. The creation of “Safe Pharmacies,” or a “Lock-In” program in Part D for controlled substances, will allow Part D plans to require at-risk beneficiaries to work with their plans to choose a single pharmacy to dispense controlled substances.

A report by the Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General calls for a pharmacy “Lock-In” program in Part D. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, CMS, the Government Accountability Office, and the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy also have called for these programs in Medicare.

In addition to having “Safe Pharmacies” in Medicare, policymakers can combat prescription drug abuse and fraud in Medicare and the commercial sector by enhancing the current system to make it more difficult for drug-seekers to obtain fraudulent prescriptions at the pharmacy counter.

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