Governor Lincoln Chafee has signed a bill into law requiring practitioners to register with the state’s prescription drug monitoring program.
The online prescription monitoring program allows doctors to keep track of what prescriptions their patients are taking to among other things, help prevent abuse. The new law requires pharmacists and doctors to register with the prescription monitoring program when they either first get clearance to prescribe controlled substances or when they are renewing their clearance. The law also allows access to the prescription drug monitoring database to certain co-workers of physicians or pharmacists. The new law takes effect immediately.
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