Database use can enhance Rx drug monitoring

10/27/2013 | Bloomberg

The FDA is correct in proposing stricter controls on hydrocodone-containing painkillers to curb addiction and overdoses, according to this editorial. More consistent use of electronic databases is needed to improve the monitoring of prescriptions so that pharmacists and doctors can determine if a patient is trying to fill prescriptions from more than one doctor. Well-designed databases like New York state's I-STOP can help doctors maximize the legitimate use of prescription painkillers while curbing abuse.

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