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Payments to physicians may increase opioid prescribing, study shows

January 22, 2019 / Jeff Lagasse

Doctors who receive direct payments from opioid manufacturers tend to prescribe more opioids than doctors who receive no such payments, new research shows. The report, published in the journal Addiction, found that the association between payments and prescribing is strongest for hydrocodone and oxycodone, the most frequently prescribed opioids among Medicare patients. The Medicare population is estimated to have the highest and fastest growing prevalence of opioid use disorder in the U.S.