Prescription drug database gets first-round approval in Missouri House

Posted by Dave Berry

By Marie French

JEFFERSON CITY   •   A database could help physicians avoid writing prescriptions for people who may be selling those potentially addictive drugs under a bill approved by the Missouri House.

But senators involved in the issue said there’s little chance of such a measure moving forward.

The bill creates an electronic system to monitor who is being prescribed drugs such as OxyContin, Vicodin and Xanax. Bill sponsor Rep. Kevin Engler, R-Farmington, said keeping people from obtaining large quantities of drugs will save lives.

“People have died from getting prescriptions from people that illegally bough them,” Engler said. “We’re killing people.”

Source: St. Louis Post Dispatch

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