Doctors' group supports prescription database

Written by Craig Layne and Radio Pennsylvania | Feb 18, 2013 11:09 AM
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(Harrisburg) -- The Pennsylvania Medical Society is throwing its weight behind a measure aimed at preventing so-called "doctor shopping."

The group representing the commonwealth's doctors says it supports a bill that sets up a database of patients getting presciptions for powerful pain killers and other controlled substances.

Society President Dr. C. Richard Schott says the information could protect doctors from scammers looking for narcotics.

"It would also be helpful from the standpoint of a patient who legitimately has pain, where there would not be an element of suspicion when they're seeing a physician," Schott says.

Pharmacists would enter information into the proposed database, which doctors could access online or by phone.

The bill passed the House Human Service Committee by a 19-to-five vote earlier this month.

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  • Arthur Huppert img 2013-02-20 05:57

    As a physician who does prescribe opioids, this law would be a refreshing addition to the inadequate existing methods for reducing such "doctor shopping." In my experience, calling this doctor shopping is understating the problem. There is a lot of "hustling" going on to "stockpile" opioid supplies to raise cash. Lots of money is being made routinely by peddling opioid drugs obtained this way. The FDA has a term for this called: "diversion." Much time is wasted on a daily basis vetting patients for this this type of behavior.
    Merion Station, PA

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