For Immediate Release
June 12, 2018
Statement from Thomas Madejski, MD,
President, Medical Society of the State of New York (MSSNY) re: New York
State Health Foundation report, “Follow the Money: Pharmaceutical Manufacturer
Payments and Opioid Prescribing”
“Any physician that chooses to prescribe any medication for reasons other than patient need faces threat of significant sanction from the
New York State Office of Professional Medical Conduct (OPMC) as well as
potentially criminal and civil penalties.
To make an assertion that New York physicians are
prescribing opioids because of payments from drug companies is completely at
odds with recent
statistics showing a significant decrease in opioid prescribing in New York.
New York is leading the fight against the national problem
of opioid abuse. As a result of our efforts:
· New York has had one of the lowest opioid prescribing rates in the country. New
York State tied for second lowest in the country (behind Hawaii).
total number of opioid prescriptions went down 20% since 2013.
York has one of the lowest Medicare Part D opioid prescribing rates in the
Certainly more needs to be done to address New
York’s heroin and opioid abuse epidemic, including increased insurance coverage
to respond to those facing addiction, and addressing barriers that limit the
ability of physicians and others to prescribe suboxone to address
addiction. However, these recent statistics showing a significant drop in
opioid prescribing are the result of a multi-pronged and multi-year effort by
many to assure greater caution in the prescribing of opioids.”
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