The Texas legislature has recommended that the state’s prescription drug database be moved from the Department of Public Safety to the State Board of Pharmacy. Lawmakers also recommended that physicians should be encouraged, but not required, to check the state’s database before prescribing controlled substances. The goal is to shut down pill mills and fight a national prescription drug epidemic. The Austin American-Statesman reported late last year that despite a 2010 law to crack down on illegal prescribing, criminal charges were filed against fewer than a third of the 83 doctors punished by the Texas Medical Board in the past three years for drug law violations involving two or more patients. Many of the reprimanded doctors simply gave up their licenses to avoid further scrutiny and/or criminal charges.
Read the full report from Claims Journal here.