Bill to Keep Eye on Drug Prescriptions Heading to President Trump's Desk
CONCORD (AP) — A bill authored by New Hampshire Congresswoman Annie Kuster to improve the Department of Veterans Affairs' prescription drug monitoring program is headed to President Donald Trump's desk.
Kuster, a Democrat, says under current law, when Veterans Health Administration providers prescribe a controlled substance, the VHA is required to disclose that information to state-controlled substance monitoring programs. But it is currently only transmitting data for patients who are veterans. About 10 percent of VHA's patient population is left out; they are dependents or other non-veterans.
Kuster's bill also would require the VHA to disclose information about non-veterans to state programs.
Kuster said the VA could be a leader in improving opioid prescribing and pain management practices, and a robust prescription drug monitoring program is a critical component of that effort.