U.S. Senator Charles Grassley (R-Iowa), a long-time proponent of the False Claims Act and an anti-fraud advocate, has recently criticized reports of high-volume prescribers. In particular, Grassley addresses those prescribing extremely large quantities of mental health drugs. Recently, many pharmaceutical companies have agreed to large settlements involving the off-label promotion of these drugs, many of which are the must lucrative of the companies’ offerings.
In his report to Congress, Grassley identified a Miami doctor who allegedly wrote approximately 97,000 prescriptions in 18 months for mental health drugs- averaging about 177 prescriptions per day. He also cited a Texas doctor who wrote 14,170 prescriptions for Xanax in 2009. Continue reading ›