August 7, 2007
Governor Timothy M. Kaine today announced a $400,000 federal grant that will allow Virginia to expand its efforts to help health care professionals monitor a patient’s prescription drug use Tuesday.
“This federal grant will enhance our efforts to identify and prevent illegal use of prescription drugs” said Kaine.
Currently, doctors and pharmacists can access a patient’s prescription record during normal working hours to get recent treatment history of controlled substances, allowing the physician or pharmacist to determine if a patient is seeing more than one doctor in an effort to obtain multiple prescriptions for controlled substances.
The federal grant is administered by the Bureau of Justice Assistance, Department of Justice, through the Harold Rogers Prescription Drug Monitoring Program.