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Nevada Debates System to Cut Rx Drug Abuse

Magazine article Drug Topics

Nevada Debates System to Cut Rx Drug Abuse

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The Nevada Legislature is debating a bill that would replace the state's traditional triplicate prescription system with electronic safeguards. The bill, S.B. 36, came out of a special legislative committee on crime and is supported by the Nevada State Board of Pharmacy and the Nevada Medical Association.

"It's an automated system," said board executive secretary Keith Macdonald. "Pharmacists and physicians are being duped by patients to obtain scheduled drugs. We're trying to develop a system that doesn't impact on practitioners."

John Hyde, president, Nevada Pharmacists Association, said the association has heard no objections from individual R.Ph.s or chain store members. If S.B. 36 passes as expected, the new system should be operational by Jan. 1, 1996.

"It won't be a problem, especially if the software is provided by the pharmacy board, as they've suggested," said Hyde.

The board has also proposed an allowance of up to $300 per store to purchase additional hardware, such as a modem. …

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