Prescription drug database gets first-round approval in Missouri House

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.”

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.