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Grassley questions HHS on prescription rates
Modern Healthcare

Senate Finance Committee ranking member Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) has asked HHS to respond to his concerns about what he sees as a trend of high rates of mental health prescriptions written by certain providers. In an Oct. 20 letter to HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, Grassley said he wrote to state Medicaid agencies asking for several months’ worth of data for mental health prescriptions after learning about one Florida provider who had written 96,685 prescriptions for mental health drugs in a 21-month period. In Oklahoma, Grassley noted, the top prescriber of the drug Abilify wrote 1,606 prescriptions in 2008, while in Connecticut, one provider consistently ranked as the top prescription writer across a number of drugs, totaling nearly 6,000 prescriptions in 2008 and more than 7,400 in 2009 for seven medications.