Is There a Federal Database of Prescription Drug Users?
April 19, 2007 7:27 AM Subscribe
ParanoiaFilter: Is there a federal database listing every prescription drug each person in the US has been prescribed or has purchased? ABC News seems to think so.
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According to this article
on ABC News, the federal government maintains a database of our prescription drug use.
Some news accounts have suggested that Cho had a history of antidepressant use, but senior federal officials tell ABC News that they can find no record of such medication in the government's files. This does not completely rule out prescription drug use, including samples from a physician, drugs obtained through illegal Internet sources, or a gap in the federal database, but the sources say theirs is a reasonably complete search.
Does such a federal database exist? A quick internet search reveals some states proposing
some kind of state wide database for the purpose of monitoring prescription abuse, but I had never heard of a federal database before now?
I've never taken a prescription drug, so I don't know what paperwork comes with it. When you buy a prescription drug, does it come with some disclaimer that your name is added to a federal list, or that your purchase of drugs will be monitored? What do you get by way of disclosure of this? Are doctors aware of this? Drug companies?