Pa. House OKs effort to track Rx-drug use
HARRISBURG - A bill to create a confidential statewide database for monitoring the use and abuse of prescription drugs won overwhelming approval yesterday in the state House.
The bill, approved by a vote of 191-7, would require drug dispensers to provide detailed information about prescriptions of controlled substances ranging from oxycodone and amphetamines to cough medicine containing codeine.
The information would include the names of the prescribing physician and patient, the name of the pharmacist or other dispenser, the drug dosage and the source of payment.
The database would help identify addicts who need treatment and aid law-enforcement agencies trying to stop the illegal diversion of the drugs, said the bill's sponsor, Rep. Matthew Baker.