A prescription drug database to track the prescribing and dispensing of certain drugs has passed the New Hampshire Senate in an effort to fight prescription drug abuse in the state.
The database would monitor when addictive drugs like Vicodin, Ritalin and Adderall are prescribed and distributed, and to whom. Supporters of the drug database say that tracking these drugs will allow physicians to be aware if a patient has been “shopping”.
New Hampshire and Missouri are the only states to not have authorized or instituted such a prescription drug database. The New Hampshire Board of Medicine has said it is willing to pay for the system by raising physician licensing fees instead of relying solely on state funding. The bill now goes to the New Hampshire House for passage.