Papa’s Got a Brand New Bag (with apologies to James Brown)


In 1966, James Brown, the “Godfather of Soul”, had a huge hit with Papa’s Got a Brand New Bag. James’ “bag” was a new lifestyle. Papa had it goin’ on with a new way of living.


In 2017, Papa has a brand new bag as well. It’s filled with drugs for which he has legitimate prescriptions. But in this case, Papa’s new lifestyle is that of a drug dealer selling oxycodone for $30 each.


More and more seniors are developing additional incomes brought about by selling all or part of their prescription to folks who need a tablet here and a pill there. And if you’re now off your pain meds but can make almost $1,000 a month by selling your oxy, why not?


Because, of course, it’s illegal. You can be arrested. You can go to jail. But let’s say you’re 85 years old. Is the judge really going to put you in jail? Maybe, but probably not.


We have to watch for drug misuse in the most unlikely places. Reselling is a huge, illegal industry. Drug UR and pharmacy MCOs can help reduce the number of unnecessary drugs that get into the system in the first place.


Papa’s new bag can cost you a great deal of money when the bag is filled with workers’ compensation prescriptions.


Call us. We can do better.

William Faris, JD
Chief Executive Officer

Posted in OMCA, Workers’ Compensation