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Pharmacy-Made Pain Creams Flagged On Fears Of Medicare Fraud And Risk

Medicare pays hundreds of millions of dollars each year for prescription creams, gels and lotions made-to-order by pharmacies — mainly as pain treatments. But a new report finds that officials are concerned about possible fraud and patient safety risks from products made at nearly a quarter of the pharmacies that fill the bulk of those prescriptions. “Although some of this billing may be legitimate, all of these pharmacies warrant further scrutiny,” concludes the report from the Office of the Inspector General for the Department of Health and Human Services. In total, 547 pharmacies — nearly 23 percent of those that submit most of the bills to Medicare for making these cre...

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