State database cuts pain overprescribing

Share this article:

A New York State database to keep painkiller prescriptions in check appears to be working. The Associated Press reports that doctors have checked the almost six-month-old database seven million times to see a patient's prescribing history.

The limit: five prescribers, five pharmacies in three months.

State law requires doctors, nurse practitioners and PAs to check the database before prescribing pain medications, and the state health commissioner says it has reduced “doctor shopping” by 75%.

Share this article:
close

Next Article in Business Briefs

Email Newsletters

More in Business Briefs

Novartis apologizes for slow reporting

Novartis is apologizing to Japan after the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare said the company had dragged its feet reporting adverse events for two of its cancer drugs.

J&J pulls morcellator from market

The company is calling the move a withdrawal, as opposed to a recall.

Pfizer buys two Baxter vaccines

The meningitis and encephalitis medications earned a combined $300 million last year.