A News Health — 18 September 2013

By Ed Coghlan

The National Pain Report has learned that Purdue Pharma — the maker of OxyContin — has sent the names of most of the 59 doctors in California it suspects of being risky prescribers of the painkiller to the California Medical Board.

The names of 49 physicians were sent to the Medical Board this week. A source at the Medical Board said it expects to receive more names of California physicians from the company by September 18th, which is the deadline Purdue was given by the board to comply with its request for the names of California physicians that the company considers to be excessive prescribers of OxyContin.

The LA Times broke a story last month that said Purdue had a data base of 1,800 physicians nationwide it considered to be risky prescribers of the drug. Two California State Senators, Ted Lieu and Mark DeSaulnier have been pressing Purdue to release the list.

Purdue maintains the list of so-called risky doctors was always available to law enforcement and state and federal health officials. It has not, however, been willing to release the names publicly.

Read more at National Pain Report.


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Ed Coghlan

Ed is a former television news director at KCOP in Los Angeles and the Montana Television Network. He writes on health, economic and public affairs issues.

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