prescription drug monitoring programs

Senate Bill Would Require Doctors to Use Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs

Three U.S. senators have introduced a bill that would require doctors to use prescription drug monitoring programs before they prescribe painkillers. The Prescription Drug Monitoring Act is co-sponsored by Senators Joe Manchin of West Virginia, Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota and Angus King of Maine. Minnesota is one of the states…

Many Pharmacists Don’t Use Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs, Study Suggests

Many pharmacists are not using monitoring systems designed to reduce prescription drug abuse, a study of Maine pharmacists suggests. The study found only 56 percent of those surveyed used their state system. Most states have prescription drug monitoring systems, which are electronic databases that track prescriptions for controlled substances, including…