For Immediate Release: April 11, 2012
Sen. Gary Stanislawski
Sen. Stanislawski says bill will give public/press access to important
prescription drug data
Stanislawski said a bill allowing access to statistical data
about drug prescriptions has been approved by both chambers and
is one step closer to becoming law.
Stanislawski, R-Tulsa, is principal author of Senate
Bill 1065, which deals with the state’s Prescription Monitoring
Program (PMP). The database is maintained by the Oklahoma Bureau
of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs (OBNDD) to track prescriptions
of specific types of drugs, like Vicodin.
Physicians, pharmacists and law enforcement can
access the PMP to search a patient’s prescription history.
The purpose was to identify patients who would visit multiple
doctors to obtain duplicate prescriptions, raising flags about
possible addiction or the illegal distribution of dangerous drugs.
“When the PMP was created, there were concerns
about the inappropriate disclosure of private medical information,
and so it was a misdemeanor to share any of this data with the
public or the press,” Stanislawski said. “The unintended
consequence was that it made sharing non-identifying statistical
data illegal, even though there are many positive, legitimate
uses for the information.”
SB 1065 changes the law so that statistics can be
shared while protecting private medical information.
“Mental health professionals, universities
and other researchers would be able to track increases in certain
kinds of prescription drug abuse and identify trends that could
be extremely helpful from not only a law enforcement perspective
but for treatment and academic analysis,” Stanislawski said.
“This could provide us with some very important tools in
our efforts to fight prescription drug abuse.”
SB 1065, co-authored by Rep. David Derby, R-Owasso,
and Rep. Doug Cox, R-Grove, is now awaiting consideration by Gov.