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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).
·   The total number of opioid prescriptions went down 20% since 2013. 
·   New York has one of the lowest Medicare Part D opioid prescribing rates in the country. 

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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