Chronically Human Podcast
Group Purchasing Organizations, drug shortages and the high cost of healthcare - Phillip Zweig CHP Ep. 22
Phillip Zweig joins us to talk about the secretive, massive, and corrupt Group Purchasing Organizations that drive up healthcare costs, decrease medical innovations and cause critical drug shortages in the United States.
Phillip Zweig is an award winning financial journalist who is now the Executive Director of Physicians Against Drug shortages, which is a grass root group of physicians and other healthcare professionals working to end drug shortages in America by lobbying Congress to repeal the 1987 Medicare anti-kickback "safe harbor" provision. This ill-considered statute exempted GPOs from criminal prosecution for taking vendor kickbacks and undermined competition in the generic drug/ healthcare supplies industry.
Phil's White Paper on Group Purchasing Organizations:
Physicians Against Drug Shortages
Saline Solution shortage in America
Phil recommends that if you want to stop the Pay-for-play scheme that the Group Purchasing Organziations are operating then call or email your Congress Person and let them know you support repealing the 1987 Medicare Anti-Kickback "Safe Harbor" Provision for GSO's.
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