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Visitors are using US website to search for high prescribing doctors

BMJ 2016; 353 doi: (Published 16 May 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;353:i2756
  1. Michael McCarthy
  1. Seattle

The US investigative journalism website ProPublica has found that many visitors to its online database that provides information on US physicians’ prescribing practices seem to be searching for doctors who freely prescribe opioids and other widely misused drugs.

In an article posted on 12 May the website’s editor in chief, Stephen Engelberg, said that its staff had created the searchable database, called Prescriber Checkup (, to provide …

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