Ken Yeager is starting to roll out some of his ideas to have doctors and pharmacists check IDs and drug history of patients previous to making more prescriptions for some drugs that are being abused.
The oxy/Roxy (Oxycontin / roxycontin) drug problem is getting to out of control levels.
People are doctor shopping and getting multiple prescriptions for the same drug from multiple doctors. With the current system, many good doctors don't realize they are being taken advantage of (or choose to look the other way) and are over prescribing.
The lobbyist for the doctors don't want to be required to check the database previous to making more prescriptions citing additional work. This seems odd in that I think a doctor could be liable if they did not check the database and something went wrong (Bad mix of drugs, overdose, etc.)
The current bill also allows access to the database to law enforcement. I cant see that part of the bill passing HIPPA or constitutional muster though.