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Privacy Advocates Warn About Access Concerns as Doctors Call for Expanded Prescription Databases

HEALTHCARE PRIVACY—U.S.

May 3, 2010

With 34 state online prescription databases currently in effect across the U.S., some doctors and medical professionals want to see that access expanded across state lines to better curb the problem of prescription drug abuse. The Associated Press reports that the National All Schedules Prescription Electronic Reporting Act of 2005, which has appropriated more than $50 million to states to provide access to patient records, also aims to have a coordinated national system. Privacy groups are concerned about the potential for unnecessary access to personal information, the report states. "There is a significant intrusion into the lives of individuals who are taking these medications legitimately," said Pam Dixon of World Privacy Forum. "There needs to be more restrictions about who can access this information."
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