New York doctors must consult database before prescribing narcotics
The mandate, which tracks all prescriptions for opioid pills filled in the state, took effect last month as part of New York's Internet System for Tracking Over-prescribing Act. State officials call the program a model for the nation.
I-STOP is smart, coordinated communication between health care providers and pharmacists to better serve patients, stop prescription drug trafficking, and provide treatment to those who need help, said New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman. "I-STOP has already started reducing the supply of opioid painkillers on the street even before mandatory verification took effect."
State officials say New York is the only state with this type of verification requirement for physicians.
Additionally, I-STOP established safe disposal programs for expired and unneeded drugs. In December 2014, I-STOP will mandate e-prescribing for all drugs.
"This system will nearly eliminate the problem of forged, traded, or stolen prescriptions -- used both by addicts and criminal organizations," according to a statement from Schneiderman's office.
By Nancy Grover
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October 7, 2013
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