by M. Tom Langan, II
A recently adopted law in Nebraska calls for the state to create a prescription drug monitoring system designed to help prevent the misuse of controlled substances, namely prescription pain medicine. The system will require physicians and pharmacists to enter into a database patient information when prescribing and dispensing certain medications. Patients are not allowed to opt out of the database. A goal is to help prevent so-called “doctor-shopping” – or when a patient visits multiple doctors to obtain multiple prescriptions.
Physicians and pharmacists should be aware that the system is required to be implemented by January 1, 2017.
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