Updated at 6:55 p.m. with more details — In an unexpected move, state Sen. Rob Schaaf said Tuesday night that he now backs the House version of a - From http://kbia.org/post/missouris-prescription-drug-monitoring-program-bills-odds-unlikely-be-resolved
Rob Schaaf said Tuesday night that he now backs the House version of a prescription drug monitoring program, putting Missouri on track to become the last state in the nation to establish such a program.
The Republican from St.
His only request is that language be added that requires doctors to use the monitoring program, saying, “especially since the people of Missouri are giving up a measure of their privacy by having their private medical information put on a government database.” He continued, "As a physician, I, myself, will commit that I am personally willing to be required to use it, and if a patient dies of an overdose, because some prescriber just didn't check the PDMP, that, too, should be malpractice." The House version, HB 90/68 that’s sponsored by Sikeston Republican Holly Rehder, passed Monday night 102-54 with bipartisan support.
Rehder has said a monitoring program is crucial to fighting the current opiate epidemic.
Dave Schatz of Sullivan is sponsoring a bill that’s identical to Rehder’s proposal, SB 231, and could be the one Senate leaders choose to pass.