Senate Passes Watered-down Drug Monitoring Program

Ignoring the pleas of doctors, pharmacists and concerned citizens, the Missouri Senate has passed a prescription drug registry bill that observers say will fail to stop doctor shopping for prescription painkillers. SB 74, sponsored by Senator Rob Schaaf (R-St. Joseph), denies the quick access to the drug registry that medical professionals say they need to see to determine if a patient is abusing prescription drugs.

The Missouri Catholic Conference supports HCS HBs 90 and 69 that allows for prompt access to the registry. The House bill has moved through the committee stage and should soon be debated by the full House. Last year the House passed a bill similar to HCS HBs 90 and 68. For any registry bill to pass, the two legislative chambers will have to negotiate their differences. Stay tuned for more.