Dr. Richard Radnovich (right) and administrative assistant Lindsay Beacham, both with Injury Care Medical Center in Boise, talk next to patient history files waiting to be sent to pharmacy benefit insurance companies. Radnovich says health insurers are sometimes telling him to prescribe morphine and fentanyl before less-addictive drugs like Butrans.
Dr. Richard Radnovich (right) and administrative assistant Lindsay Beacham, both with Injury Care Medical Center in Boise, talk next to patient history files waiting to be sent to pharmacy benefit insurance companies. Radnovich says health insurers are sometimes telling him to prescribe morphine and fentanyl before less-addictive drugs like Butrans. Kyle Green kgreen@idahostatesman.com
Dr. Richard Radnovich (right) and administrative assistant Lindsay Beacham, both with Injury Care Medical Center in Boise, talk next to patient history files waiting to be sent to pharmacy benefit insurance companies. Radnovich says health insurers are sometimes telling him to prescribe morphine and fentanyl before less-addictive drugs like Butrans. Kyle Green kgreen@idahostatesman.com

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August 31, 2017 10:54 AM

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