Glasgow Daily Times, Glasgow, KY

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January 7, 2013

HB 1 needs some ‘tweaking,’ lawmakers say

FRANKFORT — Lawmakers are pleased a bill they passed last year has apparently reduced pain medication trafficking and abuse.

But they’re just as unhappy they’re hearing a lot of complaints from doctors, hospitals and patients about the unintended consequences the bill has had on legitimate users and prescribers of the drugs.

Caught in the middle is the Kentucky Board of Medical Licensure, which was directed to write regulations implementing the provisions of the bill written to put cash pain clinics out of business and crack down on prescribers more interested in profits than in medical care.

The KBML came under heavy criticism for failing to monitor over-prescribing by some of its members. But it quickly got on board with HB 1 and wrote emergency regulations to implement the bill and establish medical standards for prescribing the drugs.

But lawmakers immediately began hearing from patients who have legitimate medical need for the drugs who said their doctors would no longer prescribe the drugs or they faced prohibitive costs for repeated tests before they could receive pain medication.

For the full story, see the print or e-edition of Tuesday's Glasgow Daily Times.

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