Posted: Mar 7, 2013 2:33 PM by Associated Press
JEFFERSON CITY - The Missouri Senate's only physician and its lone pharmacist are proposing creation of a database of prescription opiates and painkillers.
But the physician wants voters to approve the measure, while the pharmacist wants the Legislature to do so.
Sen. Rob Schaaf, a physician from St. Joseph, told a Senate panel Thursday that voters should decide if they want to give up privacy rights. Schaaf opposed a similar measure last year and says he still isn't comfortable with a government database of drug prescriptions.
But Sen. David Sater, a pharmacist from Cassville, says doctors could check the database before writing prescriptions, keeping drug addicts from "doctor-shopping" to keep them supplied.
Missouri is the only state without legislation for a drug database. The committee did not vote on either proposal.