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Pharmacy giant plays a role in ending prescription drug epidemic

CVS has decided to work at the federal and state level to change policies in an attempt to curb prescription drug abuse.

CVS released a statement stating it has identified positions and prescribers who show extreme patterns of prescribing "high-risk drugs".

Using this information, the pharmacy giant says it can play a role in helping to end the prescription drug epidemic.

This study shows the volume of prescriptions for high-risk drugs versus other providers in the same specialty and region.

The study was done on 42 prescribers who were asked to provide additional information about their own prescribing habits.

Six of those 42 prescribers identified legitimate reasons for their unusual prescribing methods.

CVS has decided to work at the federal and state level to change policies in an attempt to curb prescription drug abuse.

Some of those recommendations include the mandatory utilization of Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP)

Drug prescribers will also have to review the patient's pharmacy prescription history.

Prescribers will have to consider if medication is for a legitimate medical purpose after viewing patient history.

Prescribers will also have full visibility into a patient's prescription filled patterns.

Currently, 49 states have operational Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs.

This includes Texas and New Mexico.

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