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Courier Journal publishes online prescription database

The Courier Journal recently published an online database allowing the public to search, by prescriber last name or zip code, the number of prescriptions Kentucky doctors and other prescribers wrote between 2001 and 2011 for seven commonly-abused drugs: alprazolam, diazepam, morphine, methadone, fentanyl, oxycodone and hydrocodone. The newspaper accessed information from Kentucky’s Department for Medicaid Services via the Open Records Law, so the database is limited to Medicaid claims data. As Senator Grassley (R-IA) and other senators raise concerns that over-prescribing may constitute fraud and abuse, it is important for Kentucky physicians and prescribers to comply with compliance plans, state and federal laws, as well as Kentucky Board of Medical Licensure guidelines.

This article is intended as a summary of newly enacted federal law and does not constitute legal advice. 

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