The CDC and Profit Driven Drug Testing

Appears some people have noticed the CDC‘s recommendation for urine drug testing in pain management have nothing to with helping with patient care and could be a profit driven motive to drug testing patients in pain, and physicians‘ fears and inability to effectively treat pain.

The annual cost of drug testing in pain management is estimated at $2 billion per year. Unfortunately, that may be a gross underestimate since no study has ever evaluated the indirect costs of patient harm or harming the therapeutic patient-provider relationship—likely the most important aspect of pain management. A November, 2014 article in the Wall Street Journal reported that some physicians are making more money from drug testing patients than treating them.

source: http://www.painnewsnetwork.org/stories/2016/1/5/the-cdc-and-profit-driven-drug-testing

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