According to an analysis by CNN and researchers from Harvard University, it appears manufacturers of opioids are paying physicians a great deal of money for prescribing opioids. Kolodny, who is also the executive director of Physicians for Responsible Opioid Prescribing said that it can be compared to the doctor's receiving money through illegal means to sell narcotics, and that is really concerning. More importantly, it seems that the more they prescribe, the better the payout.
In 2014 and 2015, opioid manufacturers paid many doctors the nation over six-figure totals for talking, counseling and different administrations. It raises ethical and legal concerns as the country's opioid epidemic shows no sign of calming down.
Between 2014 and 2015, nearly half of the nation's doctors who took care of Medicare patients gave at least one opioid prescription. The opioid creators are transferring physician's massive sums of money and more opioid doctors prescribe the more money they churn out. Dr. Michael Barnett, assistant professor of health policy and management at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health said that he is not sure if money is engendering recommendation or the recommendation accelerated the money but whatever the case might be, its possibly a unsafe cycle.
Also doctors with many prescriptions had the highest payouts. From 1999 to 2015, in excess of 183,000 died.
One doctor included in the report got more than $200,000 over a three- year time span from the creator of a fentanyl- based pain reliever, notwithstanding the medication having demolished the life of no less than one of the doctor's patients.
John Kapoor, the founder of the company that makes that drug, was summoned to federal court in October 2017 for reportedly bribing doctors for increasing their prescriptions for opioid. That study looked at the database of Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services from 2013 to 2015 and found that there were 375,266 payments made related to opioids, with 68,177 being paid a collective amount of over $46 million.