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Prescription Monitoring Programs Top Priority for Interventional Pain Physicians

As reported by the Hill.com, "more than a hundred pain management specialists are in Washington this week" in an attempt to draw attention to the dangers of prescription drug abuse.

As reported by the Hill.com, “more than a hundred pain management specialists are in Washington this week” in an attempt to draw attention to the dangers of prescription drug abuse.

The doctors, members of the American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians, are calling for lawmakers to “appropriate $55 million over the next five years to help states collect data on consumers who ‘doctor shop’ and on physicians who over-prescribe or incorrectly prescribe pharmaceuticals.”

The ASIPP had previous success in 2005 when congress signed into law a bill, NASPER, which the association was largely responsible for designing. NASPER was designed to provide states with funding to create their own prescription drug monitoring programs. The group is now requesting that lawmakers reauthorize the bill.

Read the article here.

Also, check out a Q&A with ASIPP member Dr. John F. Dombrowski here.