Switching drugs

Podolsky, Doug; Hannon, Kerry
January 1994
U.S. News & World Report;1/24/94, Vol. 116 Issue 3, p74
Discusses a drugstore bonus program which is run by Paid Prescriptions, a unit of mail-order pharmacy giant Medco Containment Services, which was bought in 1993 by drugmaker Merck & Co. Health care insurers and corporate benefits managers contract with Paid to get lower prices on prescription drugs. Bonuses paid to pharmacists who persuade doctors to switch prescriptions to alternatives that Paid gets more cheaply; Concerns about kickbacks.


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