NJ Bill Would Up Penalties For Improper Prescriptions

Law360, New York (June 4, 2013, 7:05 PM EDT) -- Health care professionals in New Jersey who wantonly prescribe drugs without good cause would face stiffer penalties under legislation that one state lawmaker introduced Monday.

The bill, S2833, would amend the state's professions and occupations statute to create a new regime of license-related sanctions and civil fines as high as $500,000 for practitioners who dole out improper prescriptions.

Lawrence Downs, CEO of the Medical Society of New Jersey, said Tuesday that his organization hasn't taken a formal position on the bill, but questioned the necessity of...
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