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How do Opioid Prescribing Restrictions Affect Pharmaceutical Promotion? Lessons from the Mandatory Access Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs


  • Thuy D. Nguyen
  • W. David Bradford
  • Kosali I. Simon


Prior work considers effects of prescribing restrictions on opioid use but not upstream implications for pharmaceutical marketing activities, despite the inordinate role many believe marketing played in the crisis. Our study proposes a stylized model of pharmaceutical payments and investigates the impact of Mandatory Access Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs (MPDMPs) on opioid-specific commercial promotion directed at physicians. We find that MPDMPs reduce promotion on both extensive and intensive margins. Our results are consistent with economic theory, predicting lower promotional activities when return on investment decreases after state prescribing restrictions, and indicative of MPDMPs' role in affecting opioid use through reduced promotion.

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  • Thuy D. Nguyen & W. David Bradford & Kosali I. Simon, 2019. "How do Opioid Prescribing Restrictions Affect Pharmaceutical Promotion? Lessons from the Mandatory Access Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs," NBER Working Papers 26356, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
  • Handle: RePEc:nbr:nberwo:26356
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    • I11 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health - - - Analysis of Health Care Markets
    • I18 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health - - - Government Policy; Regulation; Public Health

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