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CA to launch prescription database

California will create an online database of drug prescriptions in an effort to stop drug dealers from collecting pills from multiple doctors, InfoWeek says. Every year thousands of doctors try to check their patient's prescription history information but California's current database is difficult to access," Attorney General Jerry Brown said during a news conference.
Written by Richard Koman, Contributor
California will create an online database of drug prescriptions in an effort to stop drug dealers from collecting pills from multiple doctors, InfoWeek says.
Every year thousands of doctors try to check their patient's prescription history information but California's current database is difficult to access," Attorney General Jerry Brown said during a news conference.

"If California puts this information online, with real-time access, it will give authorized doctors and pharmacies the technology they need to fight prescription drug abuse which is burdening our healthcare system."

Doctors and pharmacists send in 60,000 requests a year on patients' scrip history but the state currently deals with them by fax and phone. The database should improve that situation.

"If doctors can easily check their own patients' prescription history, it will reduce the number of people who are able to obtain large quantities of narcotics from many different physicians," Brown said.

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