Prescription drug tracking database cuts doc shopping by 75%

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A database that tracks the disbursement of prescription drugs in New York has helped the state to slash incidences of doctor shopping by 75 percent, according to state attorney general Eric Schneiderman. In an announcement published this week, Schneiderman called the database--rolled out last August as part of the Internet System for Tracking Over-Prescribing Act--a "national model for other states and Congress to follow to curb prescription drug abuse."

Schneiderman said that more than 66,000 healthcare professionals across the state have run more than 7 million individual prescription checks on close to 3 million separate patients since last August. The law requires that providers e-prescribe all drugs by March 2015. Announcement