Medicaid Under The Influence: How Drugmakers Sway Medication Options For Patients

(By Liz Essley Whyte, Joe Yerardi and Alison Kodjak for NPR and The Center for Public Integrity)

Eight months pregnant, the drug sales representative wore a wire for the FBI around her bulging belly as she recorded conversations with colleagues at a conference in Chicago. Her code name? Pampers.

Her company, drugmaker Warner Chilcott, was using payments and perks to get doctors to prescribe its drugs. Then its sales representatives gave nurses hot tips about what kind of symptoms would get Medicaid to pay for the drugs. The representatives also violated privacy laws by going through patient files and kept fax machines in their cars to fill out the paperwork meant for doctors. Continue reading article here…

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