Pennsylvania considers legislation to establish pain medication monitoring system

16 Oct 2013 7:22 AM | Adam Parfitt (Administrator)

As Pennsylvania's General Assembly reconvenes, legislators will consider a range of bills that could result in the establishment of a pain medication monitoring system. House Bill 1694 would establish the Pharmaceutical Accountability Monitoring System, a state-run database of Pennsylvanians' prescription drug data. State Representative Matthew Baker, sponsor of the bill, said "47 other states have some form of law in place. But we do not, and we are ranked 10th in the nation as having the highest drug addiction rates.” The bill has been opposed by the state's Medical Society on privacy grounds, and would permit access to data by researchers, doctors, pharmacists, medical examiners and coroners, professional licensing boards and the Department of Public Welfare.

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