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The legislation authorizing this study specifies that the data be collected for research purposes. It is designed to provide government policymakers and private researchers with accurate information about the rapidly changing health care situation in this country and to inform decisions made about health care policy.

The study is not being conducted to assess the charging practices of specific medical providers or pharmacies or to support any specific regulatory purpose. By law, the identity of the individual medical providers, pharmacies, and patients who participate in the study cannot be released to persons outside the sponsoring agencies without specific written authorization.