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April 4, 2017
Study: Drug Monitoring Databases Reduce Opioid Prescribing
Requiring doctors to register with state database programs that track patients' opioid prescriptions reduced the amount of addictive painkillers Medicaid patients receive — and saved money, according to a new study.
Simply mandating that physicians register with the state databases led to a nearly 10 percent reduction in prescriptions for the most potent painkillers, the researchers reported in the April issue of Health Affairs, using data collected from 2011 to 2014.
New Jersey is among the states that require registration, although that change to the five-year-old program did not take effect until last November. Pennsylvania's current Prescription Drug Monitoring Program began in August, too late to be included in the study.
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