Four "pain management clinics" in Kentucky have already folded up shop. More than 9,000 providers have registered for PDMP access since April (115% increase since HB 1 passed). And the law went into effect just a few days ago.
That didn't take long...
Congratulations to Kentucky, which has clearly grown tired of serving as one of our nation's best examples of how NOT to stem the tide of prescription drug abuse. HB 1 is working and that's not just great news for Kentucky - that's great news for all states looking for legislative and regulatory templates for how to deal with this crisis.
Last week, I posted about the new Texas PDMP. I was disappointed to learn that physicians in Texas object to any requirement that the database be consulted prior to writing a script for a controlled substance. Such a requirement was referred to as an "unfunded mandate."
In Kentucky, 90% of all KASPER (Kentucky's PDMP) reports are completed within 15 to 30 seconds. That's 15 to 30 seconds to understand the types and amounts of controlled substances a patient might already be receiving prior to a new doctor writing additional prescriptions. This is easy, fast, and clearly in the best interests of patient safety.
HB 1 requires providers in Kentucky to run a KASPER report before prescribing a controlled substance. Other states should do the same.
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