New York officials announced a deal Tuesday on legislation to establish tighter online oversight of prescription drugs to help curb the black market fueled by painkiller addictions and doctor shopping.
The measure would make New York one of the first states to establish mandatory online reporting of prescriptions in real time when they're filled by pharmacists. Doctors would have to check a patient's database history before prescribing painkillers.
While most states require weekly reporting, Oklahoma has real-time reporting by pharmacists. Officials said that New York's current system requires reporting by pharmacists within 45 days and reporting by physicians is voluntary.
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Source: Syracuse.com/Associated Press