Glasgow Daily Times, Glasgow, KY

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July 24, 2012

Newly enacted ‘pill mill’ law already showing teeth

FRANKFORT — Gov. Steve Beshear said Tuesday the new law cracking down on overprescribing of painkilling drugs, which went into effect Friday, has already led four pain management clinics to inform the state they cannot continue to operate under the new law.

Beshear held a press conference with Attorney General Jack Conway to hail the law. They were surrounded by representatives of six medical licensure boards and associations, even though some of those associations’ members have expressed concerns with the new law.

Beshear said the bill is “driving out of business those who would destroy our communities with their greed and their recklessness.

“We can’t at this point” identify the clinics, Beshear said, “because we want to make sure there’s final action before we identify anybody.”

But Conway said two of the four “had past experiences with law enforcement, and I’ll leave it at that.”

In addition to the four clinics, Beshear said another nine clinics have not applied for licenses under requirements of the new law and “will be investigated to see if they are operating legally.”

The bill requires such clinics to be owned and supervised by licensed physicians. It does allow those operating legally before April 2012 to continue operating even if they aren’t owned by physicians. The law also requires prescribers and dispensers of several Schedule II and III drugs and 15 specific Schedule IV drugs to be reported to the states electronic tracking system known as KASPER.

Reiterating what cabinet officials said Monday before a legislative committee set up to oversee implementation of the new law, Beshear said the registrants with KASPER have more than doubled since the law went into effect.

 

For the full story, read Wednesday's print or e-Edition of the Glasgow Daily Times.

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