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Compounded drugs bring big profits to California doctors, study finds
Los Angeles Times

Many California doctors are making large profits by prescribing and directly dispensing custom-made “compounded” drugs to people with work-related injuries, according to a new Rand Corp. research report.

Use of these pricey drugs — mostly painkilling creams for patients who might need an alternative to pills — has soared in recent years, driving up costs in California’s workers’ compensation system and alarming some legislators, who are now looking to rein in their use.