Tweaks to prescription drug law get initial OK

Published on NewsOK Modified: February 25, 2013 at 6:33 pm •  Published: February 25, 2013
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The measure now goes to the full House for consideration before being sent to the Senate.

Gov. Steve Beshear had urged lawmakers in his annual State of the Commonwealth speech earlier this month to make some minor changes to the prescription drug law to accommodate patients who are clearly not drug abusers or traffickers.

Beshear warned against wholesale changes, saying the new prescription drug law has led to the closure of at least 10 pain management clinics and a significant decrease in the number of painkillers being prescribed.

The law requires pain management clinics to be owned by licensed medical providers and that they have medical directors in charge. Already, at least 10 pain clinics have shut down since the law went into effect last July.

The law also requires all doctors, dentists, optometrists, registered nurses and podiatrists to check their patients' drug histories on the state's prescription monitoring system, known as KASPER, before writing prescriptions.

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The legislation is House Bill 217.