Prescription Drug Monitoring Bill
– The Senate today approved legislation authored by Sen. Pat Vance
(R-Cumberland/York) that expands the state’s prescription drug monitoring
program to include Schedule II through V controlled substances.
the Pennsylvania Attorney General oversees a monitoring program with dispensing
data for Schedule II controlled substances. Under Senate Bill 1180, a board
will be created within the Department of Health to establish and oversee an
electronic data system listing all controlled substances that are prescribed
and dispensed within Pennsylvania. An advisory group including dispensers, law
enforcement, addiction specialists and privacy advocates will assist the board
with its duties. Patients can annually review their information at no cost and
correct any errors. Data will be referred to the appropriate licensing board
only in instances when there is a pattern of irregular data deviating from the
legislation will empower physicians to make more educated decisions when
writing prescriptions, thus prevent drug abuse,” Vance said. “In addition, by
involving addiction specialists in the process, hopefully problems will be
caught early and reduce the number of overdose deaths in the Commonwealth.
Currently, Pennsylvania has the fourteenth highest drug overdose mortality rate
bill now goes to the House of Representatives for its consideration.
district includes all of Cumberland County and Carroll, Fairview, Franklin,
Monaghan, Warrington and Washington townships and Dillsburg, Franklintown and
Wellsville boroughs in York County.