New Tennessee Prescription Drug Laws In Effect - | Nashville News, Weather & Sports

New Tennessee Prescription Drug Laws In Effect

Posted: Updated:

by Jason Lamb

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Doctors in Tennessee have a few more regulations to follow beginning this week -- all in the name of preventing prescription drug abuse.

Starting Monday, doctors prescribing painkillers and other types of controlled substances have to check their patients' prescription history before writing the prescription.

It's part of the Prescription Safety Act that state lawmakers approved last year.

Those doctors who are prescribing certain painkillers have to check the Controlled Substance Monitoring Database for their patients prescription history to make sure they're not getting those painkillers from somewhere else as well.

That database is meant to help combat the prescription drug abuse rates in Tennessee, which are some of the highest in the country.

Under other parts of the Prescription Safety Act enacted earlier this year, pharmacists have to more frequently update the database on what drugs they're giving out – with a new report every seven days instead of every 30.

One pharmacist we spoke with says that change means a lot more work for their office.

"It is very time consuming because it's not just a matter of clicking on and viewing it, you have to review it, analyze it and make a decision," said Dr. Ronnie Felts, a pharmacist based in Joelton.

The requirements for doctors using the controlled substance database are new, but the database itself has been around since 2006.


Powered by WorldNow
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 NewsChannel 5 (WTVF-TV) and WorldNow. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.