NH House approves prescription tracking database
Friday, May 18, 2012
CONCORD (AP) – A database to track the prescribing and dispensing of certain pharmaceuticals has passed the New Hampshire House in an effort to combat prescription drug abuse.
The database would track when often-abused drugs like Ritalin, Adderall or Vicodin are prescribed and distributed, and to whom. Supporters say tracking these substances will allow doctors and pharmacies to see if a patient has been “shopping” around the area to acquire or fill prescriptions for the same medication.
New Hampshire and Missouri are the only states to not have authorized or instituted such a database.
The three-year pilot program would be funded with grants and private donations.
The bill, which passed on Thursday, now goes to the Senate to review.
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