In a report released by the New York State Health Foundation doctors who received payments from opioid manufacturers and distributors, even payments as low as $20, prescribed opioids at a higher rate than those who did not receive payments from them.

The report, titled “Follow the Money: Pharmaceutical Manufacturer Payments and Opioid Prescribing Patterns in New York State,” found there is “an absolutely clear association” between these payments and the amount of prescriptions being made. The patients involved in the report are Medicare patients, and are heavily at the whims of their doctors out of most patients.

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New York State doctors who got payments from opioid makers prescribed more of the narcotic painkilling drugs than those who received no payments from 2013 to 2015, as opioid use reached epidemic proportions.


Those payments also were concentrated in the hands of physicians who tended to write the most prescriptions.


These are among the key findings released Tuesday in a report by the New York State Health Foundation titled “Follow the Money: Pharmaceutical Manufacturer Payments and Opioid Prescribing Patterns in New York State.”


“We’ve found there is an absolutely clear association between opioid-related payments to doctors and the amount of opioid prescriptions that are being written. The more money you get, the more opioids you prescribe,” David Sandman, president and CEO of the foundation, told The Buffalo News. Click Here to Continue Reading

Reviewed for Medical & Clinical Accuracy by Dr. Jeffrey Berman, MD

Dr. Jeffrey Berman, MDDr. Jeffrey Berman is a psychiatrist in Teaneck, New Jersey and is affiliated with Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital. He received his medical degree from State University of New York Upstate Medical University and has been in practice for more than 20 years. He also speaks multiple languages, including French and Hebrew.

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