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House Pressuring DoD to Soften Rules on Blocked TRICARE Compound Drugs

Posted by on Sep. 25, 2015 at 12:02 PM
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DoD Resists Hill Push to Roll Back Compound Drug Rules

Thirty-one House members, most of whom, public records show, got campaign dollars from compound drug lobbyists, are pressing the Defense Department to soften rules set in May that block TRICARE coverage of compound medicines when medical efficacy is unproven or prices extreme.

Defense officials say they don’t intend to relax the rules created to protect TRICARE from aggressive marketing and abusive pricing that have polluted the compound drug industry. Indeed, TRICARE has had to tweak the new rules five times since May 1 just to close more loopholes that industry seemed ready to exploit, possibly sending TRICARE drug costs soaring again.

Compound pharmacies combine more than one ingredient to create drugs not available from commercial manufacturers. Medicines in different strengths or forms can be critical for meeting individual patient needs.

In recent years, however, compounding labs have popped up to produce lotions and ointments for pain or scarring that often are marketed deceptively, wildly overpriced and tout benefits not medically proven. The most nefarious marketers began targeting TRICARE two years ago after commercial insurance plans got wise to their tactics and tightened coverage.


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by on Sep. 25, 2015 at 12:02 PM
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by アニメの雌犬 on Sep. 25, 2015 at 1:50 PM
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Good for Tricare!

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