Should Patients’ Diagnoses Be Added to Prescriptions?
Although Medicare only covers drugs with FDA-approved uses or well-supported off-label uses, the agency often pays for drugs that do not meet these criteria. Without diagnosis information on prescriptions, this requirement is difficult to implement. The US Department of Health and Human Services has suggested adding diagnoses to prescriptions in order to lower Medicare’s expenditure on outpatient prescription drugs, keep patients informed about their health, and help pharmacists identify safety issues. However, some worry that adding diagnoses to prescriptions could pose privacy issues or add to clinicians’ administrative burden.
The HHS has suggested adding diagnoses to prescriptions to keep patients informed and help identify safety issues. However, some worry there could be privacy concerns or increased clerical work. Are you for or against adding diagnoses to prescriptions?
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