Cuomo Sets Deal to Overhaul NY Prescription-Drug Controls

June 5, 2012
by Freeman Klopott
Bloomberg News


New York Governor Andrew Cuomo struck a deal with legislative leaders on enhanced prescription-drug tracking to improve distribution controls and curb abuse.

The measure will make New York one of the first U.S. states to require the use of an electronic system to prescribe almost all controlled substances, helping physicians and pharmacists to identify patients who try to see multiple doctors to get the same drug, according to a statement today from Cuomo’s office.

“This landmark agreement will help put a stop to the growing number of fatalities resulting from overdoses,” Cuomo said in the statement. “We have seen too many untimely deaths as a result of prescription drug abuse,” he said. “Enough is enough.”


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