The “Lock-In” Pharmacy Approach to Rx Drug Abuse

The “Lock-In” Pharmacy Approach to Rx Drug Abuse

By Kevin Schweers

A proposal to restrict certain Medicare beneficiaries to use only a dedicated, “lock-in” pharmacy for their controlled substances is now a part of legislation introduced by two House lawmakers.

House Ways and Means Health Subcommittee Chair Kevin Brady (R-Texas) and Ranking Member Jim McDermott (D-Wash.) recently proposed the Protecting the Integrity of Medicare Act (PIMA). The broad bill is comprised of a range of proposals intended to reduce Medicare fraud, waste and abuse. Its features include the “lock-in” pharmacy idea.

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