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House Committee Approves Prescription Drug Registry Bill, Says Helm
12/7/2011
HARRISBURG – Legislation that would create a prescription drug registry in Pennsylvania was reported out of the House Human Services Committee today, said Rep. Sue Helm (R-Dauphin), a co-sponsor of the bill and member of the committee.

“Prescription drug abuse in Pennsylvania has reached epidemic proportions,” said Helm. “An online registry would allow doctors and pharmacists to keep track of prescriptions and who is receiving them. It would discourage an abuser from ‘shopping around’ for a doctor or pharmacist who is unfamiliar with their medical history to get the prescription drugs to feed their addiction or sell on the street.”

House Bill 1651 would create a database, to be managed by the new Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs that would enable doctors and pharmacists to make informed and responsible decisions about the prescribing and dispensing of controlled substances by accessing information on a secure website.

Pennsylvania’s overdose rate is among the highest in the nation, according to Helm, and 73 percent of those are opiate-related.

“This database would not interfere with the legitimate use of prescriptions for those who have obtained written permission from their physicians,” said Helm. “This is merely a tool that is necessary to prevent abuse of the system by those using these tactics to fuel their drug habit.”

The measure would encourage the treatment of people with addiction problems and would call for continuing medical education for prescribing health care providers to learn more about identification, referral and treatment of addiction. There are also expected cost savings in terms of insurance and Medicaid payments.

If approved, Pennsylvania would join 47 other states that are monitoring prescriptions. The U.S. government is likely to support interstate communication of such information in the near future.

The legislation now moves to the House floor for consideration.

State Representative Sue Helm
104th District, Pennsylvania House of Representatives

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