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Physician and politician sleezballs of the week

05/04/2011

The two physician founders of a South Florida software company unleash lobbyists and contribute $3 million in one year to state political groups, hoping to kill a bill that would stop doctors from dispensing medications directly to workers compensation patients at markups that far exceed what pharmacies can charge. Automated Healthcare Solutions sells software to support direct physician dispensing to those patients. A state senator drafted a veto-proof bill to kill the practice, but was told by the senate president’s office not to bring it up for a vote. “I’m just doing what I was told,” the senator says, dashing the few remaining hopes that politicians do the right thing and not what someone with money or power tells them.

Happen to see this in HISTalk. Wondering what pharmacists are doing about this? Need to contribute more campaign money?

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