Governor to agree to share prescription drug data

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Gov. Steve Beshear says he will sign an
agreement to share and receive prescription drug dispensing
information with at least 20 other states in an effort to help
Kentucky monitor drug abuse.

The governor said Tuesday in a statement that the Kentucky All
Schedule Prescription Electronic Reporting (KASPER) program, which is administered by the Cabinet for Health and Family Services, has joined with the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy's
Prescription Monitoring InterConnect program, which facilitates the
transfer of information to authorized users in other states. PMP
InterConnect links participating programs to provide a more
effective way of combating drug abuse and drug diversion
nationally.

The Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday is expected to
consider prescription drug abuse legislation sponsored by House
Speaker Greg Stumbo, a Prestonsburg Democrat.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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