Ninth District State Representative Myron Dossett says patients and doctors are being negatively impacted from additional regulations attached to the “Pill Mill Bill” that passed this year.
The legislation was meant to force doctors to use the CASPER prescription tracking system to cut down on “doctor shopping” and to stop pain clinics from profiting from their eagerness to prescribe addictive medications.
As previously reported, State Senator Joey Pendleton of Hopkinsville recently spoke up at an Administrative Regulation Review Subcommittee meeting about elderly patients who have been forced to be drug tested due to new regulations added by the State Licensure Board without the approval of the General Assembly.
Representative Dossett has similar concerns about the new regulations and says the Licensure Board has taken the bill away from its original intent.
Senator Pendleton and Representative Dossett have both say the costs of the new regulations will likely filter down to patients—some who are having to take drug tests the General Assembly never included in the bill.
Representative Dossett says he believes the General Assembly can override the new regulations if that’s what it takes, but both lawmakers hope something can be done to alleviate the problems before next year’s session.