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CVS Caremark Takes Action to Stop “Pill Mills”

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CVS Caremark’s recent initiative to limit inappropriate prescribing of high-risk drugs (i.e., hydrocodone, oxycodone, alprazolam, methadone, and carisoprodol) demonstrates a role that pharmacies can play in patient safety. Using submitted prescriptions for the aforementioned drugs, CVS Caremark identified and contacted prescribers they believed to be outliers relative to their geographic region and medical specialty. If outliers did not respond or did not provide legitimate reasons for their prescribing habits, CVS Caremark stopped filling their prescriptions.




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