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Drug program for poor being misspent

April 28, 2016 --

medsDrug assistance program intended for the poor should go to the poor. Not pad profits for hospitals and pharmacies
By David Darnell

Many government programs are intended to help Americans in need, but some of them are more effective at it than others. In other cases, programs start out with the right objectives in mind but then drift off course due to mismanagement or poor oversight.

One of those programs that is drifting off course is the Federal discount program that some hospitals use to purchase prescription drugs. It’s called 340B, and it was started almost a quarter-century ago as a program to help indigent patients get better access to needed prescriptions[1]. Since that time, the program has expanded well beyond its original targets, and that has diluted the program’s effectiveness at helping the poor.

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