Nursing homes must stop asking for drug fees from pharmacies: Editorial
Pharmacies are currently making secret payments totalling more than $20 million a year to secure drug contracts with nursing homes. The practice must stop.
They don’t pass the sniff test. Secret fees paid to nursing homes by pharmacies bidding for lucrative drug supply contracts don’t put the interests of patients first. What makes the “kickbacks,” as one critic calls them, even worse is that nursing homes can’t or won’t say exactly where the money is going.
Why does this matter? Lots of reasons.
As the Star’s Moira Welsh reported on Monday, a conservative estimate by the Star, based on information from sources and documents, puts the total amount paid by pharmacies to secure nursing home contracts at more than $20 million a year.
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