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Los Angeles Times
David Lazarus

If, as it seems, other drugstore chains have quotas for pharmacists and are refilling prescriptions without patients' permission, federal and state officials may have to cast a wider net.

"It's important to see how common this practice is and what it's doing to drug and insurance costs," said Laura Etherton, healthcare policy analyst for the U.S. Public Interest Research Group. "Refilling prescriptions when consumers don't need them is money down the drain."

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