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Pa. House approves prescription drug monitoring

October 21, 2013
Associated Press (Pennsylvania)

A bill to create a confidential statewide database for monitoring the use and abuse of prescription drugs in Pennsylvania won overwhelming approval Monday in the state House of Representatives.

The bill, approved by a vote of 191-7, would require drug dispensers to provide detailed information about prescriptions of controlled substances ranging from oxycodone and amphetamines to cough medicine containing codeine.

The information would include the names of the prescribing physician and patient, the name of the pharmacist or other dispenser, the drug dosage and the source of payment.

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