08/12/2007

Narcotic "double" prescriptions thwarted by Va. database

OxyContin settlement brings cash to thwart duplicating prescriptions 
 
By Tammie Smith
Richmond Times-Dispatch

RICHMOND, Va. — A prescription-tracking program created to deal with the oxycodone mess that gripped Southwest Virginia is getting millions from the court settlement with drug manufacturer Purdue Frederick Co.

The Virginia Prescription Monitoring Program allows physicians, pharmacists and other approved persons to query a state database of narcotics prescriptions to see if a patient is getting drugs from more than one doctor.

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