NY health commissioner says new drug database has cut ‘doctor shopping’ by 75 percent

ALBANY, New York — New York Health Commissioner Dr. Nirav Shah says the state’s new online database of drug prescriptions has cut so-called “doctor shopping” by 75 percent.

The Internet System for Tracking Over-Prescribing, called I-STOP, began operating in August.

Health officials say more than 66,000 practitioners have used it more than seven million times already to check prescriptions on nearly three million patients.