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Lembo: Change in compound drug plan saves taxpayers millions

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Kevin Lembo said he wants change in compound drug plan saves taxpayers millions. (WFSB file) Kevin Lembo said he wants change in compound drug plan saves taxpayers millions. (WFSB file)
HARTFORD, CT (AP) -

State Comptroller Kevin Lembo says restrictions he's imposed on the rapidly rising use of compound drug prescriptions in the state health plan have cut state spending by about $2 million a month.

Lembo said Monday the use of compound drugs has been questionable and some were expensive and untested.

The cost in claims to the state health plan has skyrocketed to $24 million this year on an annualized basis, from $800,000 in 2012.

He says compound drug use was limited to patients allergic to a federally approved drug or if a liquid drug is needed to replace a pill that could not be swallowed.

Lembo says in May he began requiring doctors to certify that a compound medication is necessary before the plan will pay for it.

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