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Does Your Doctor Prescribe Too Many Risky Drugs?

Posted on 05/13/2013 by | Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthMedicare’s popular prescription drug program, Part D, covers more than 35 million people and a billion prescriptions annually, but Medicare has never monitored which doctors may be overprescribing medications that are risky for older adults — namely, drugs that are disorienting, addictive or harmful. The investigative journalism group ProPublica, together with the Washington Post, has now launched a database called Prescriber Checkup, which allows users to search doctors’ names and see which ones are frequently prescribing potentially dangerous drugs, such …