Medical advocacy group calls for prescription database

Written by Craig Layne and Radio Pennsylvania | Nov 24, 2012 7:02 AM
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(Harrisburg) -- A medical advocacy group in Pennsylvania is calling for better methods to keep painkillers and other prescriptions from making it to the black market.

The Pennsylvania Medical Society has a new educational booklet for the medical comunity about so-called "doctor shopping"

That's when people go from physician to physician seeking prescriptions either for their own addiction or to sell illicitly.

The group's Diane Seibert says the organization also wants to see a statewide database of controlled substance prescriptions set up.

"Our physicians are at a strong disadvantage because they don't have this reference tool to be able to go in and observe what medications an individual has been receiving, how much they've been receiving, and how often they've been receiving it," Seibert says.

She says lawmakers and the governor would have to approve a law to establish such a database.

Seibert adds the list would help patients who actually need controlled substances by providing medical records to support their requests for the drugs.

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