Ohio doctors are supposed check patients' prescription histories against a state website before recommending prescription painkillers, but an audit has found that some 12,000 physicians appear to be violating the policy aimed at stemming the opioid epidemic. An August audit by the state Pharmacy Board identified the doctors who either weren't registered on the site or weren't using it properly. The panel turned the list over last week to the state Medical Board, which licenses physicians and has sent letters to all the doctors alerting them to potential violations. The total represents about one-third of Ohio physicians.
The crackdown comes as Ohio faces a drug overdose epidemic that's been tied in part to the ease of access to prescription opioids.
Medical Board spokeswoman Tessie Pollock said the board's priority will be the 45 physicians who apparently prescribed painkillers to more than 200 patients during the month without running the required checks.
The Pharmacy Board review found the top 25 physicians on the list failed to run the required report on a combined 7,500 patients. That included one doctor who prescribed painkillers to 705 patients in one month without running a single check.
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