Fact Sheet – Free Drug Samples

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Krista Maier

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Drug and Device Cost ContainmentQuality & Safety

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Fact Sheet

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) requires that drug manufacturers report to Congress the annual number of free prescription drug samples they give to each practitioner.  Currently, little is known about the impact that drug samples have on physicians’ prescribing habits, or on drug costs.  This data will be a step toward learning more about the true impact of the practice.

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