Pharmaceuticals in State Prisons – How Departments of Corrections Purchase, Use, and Monitor Prescription Drugs

PEW CHARITABLE TRUST (12/13) – Adults who are incarcerated have a higher-than-average prevalence of infectious diseases, hypertension, asthma, arthritis, mental illness, and substance use disorders, often in combination. Since departments of corrections (DOCs) are legally obligated to treat individuals in their custody, they—like all health care purchasers in this country—face the challenge of pharmaceutical prices that seem to rise constantly, and sometimes rapidly. Read more

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