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Texas PMP - February 7, 2012
Austin Statesman Feb 2, 2012
New weapon against doctor shopping for prescription drugs
As prescription drug abuse increases, Texas is readying a new weapon to catch patients
who doctor shop for multiple prescriptions and physicians who prescribe too many painkillers.
The Texas Department of Public Safety has been collecting prescription histories of Texans for
years, but by this summer the data are expected to be online so doctors, pharmacists and law
enforcement officials can more quickly identify the patients abusing pain medications and the
medical establishments profiting from the drug trade.
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