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W.Va. Panel Identifies 176 Potential 'Doctor Shoppers'

Pills, Drugs, Prescriptions, prescription drugs

  A West Virginia Board of Pharmacy committee has identified 176 patients who could be “doctor shopping” for prescription drugs.

These patients have received pain medication prescriptions from at least 13 doctors over the past 12 months.

The Charleston Gazette reports that the committee recently warned medical professionals across the state that their patients could be “doctor shoppers.”

The committee sent more than 2,500 letters to medical professionals urging them to check a multistate database to see whether their patients have obtained prescriptions from other medical professionals.

All West Virginia medical professionals who write prescriptions must register their names with the Controlled Substance Monitoring Program database.

A Board of Pharmacy administrator, Mike Goff, says the committee plans to review controlled-substance prescriptions at least every six months.