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Gov. Greitens Uses Executive Order to Set Up Prescription Drug Monitoring Database

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Gov. Greitens Uses Executive Order to Set Up Prescription Drug Monitoring Database

ST. LOUIS (KTRS) Missouri is no longer the only state in the country without a Prescription Drug Monitoring Program. During his visit to Express Scripts in North St. Louis County, Governor Eric Greitens signed an executive order to establish a prescription drug monitoring program. The state is partnering with Express Scripts to create the system. It’s […]

Gov. Greitens Uses Executive Order to Set Up Prescription Drug Monitoring Database

ST. LOUIS (KTRS) Missouri is no longer the only state in the country without a Prescription Drug Monitoring Program. During his visit to Express Scripts in North St. Louis County, Governor Eric Greitens signed an executive order to establish a prescription drug monitoring program.

The state is partnering with Express Scripts to create the system. It’s expected to go live within a month.

Missouri lawmakers for years have considered a drug monitoring program to combat doctor shopping and prescription opioid addiction. But efforts have until now failed, largely because of privacy concerns about keeping medical information in a database. Already, one GOP lawmaker from Ballwin has criticized Gov. Greitens’s action. State Representative Shamed Dogan (R-98) posted on Twitter that, “Governing by executive order because you couldn’t get a bill passed was wrong under Obama and it’s wrong today.” Another Republican, Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley, applauded the decision, calling it long overdue.

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