Prescription Drug ID bill filibustered...again.
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Prescription Drug ID bill filibustered...again.

Date: May 3, 2012
By: Mary McGuire
State Capitol Bureau
Links: HB 1193

The Senate's only registered physician has blocked legislation that would monitor the prescription of controlled substances in Missouri. (At the time this story was produced, filibuster was still going on. Check the wire for updates. Story still stands regardless if bill is laid over, passed, or defeated.)
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Wrap: Republican Senator Rob Schaaf of Buchanan filibustered the legislation, which would establish an electronic database to monitor all prescription drugs.

He had strong words about those who die from drug overdoses.

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Description: "If they overdose and kill themselves, it just removes them from the gene pool."

The bill's sponsor, Republican Senator Kevin Engler of Saint Francois, had strong words for Schaaf.

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Description: "Its appalling for a doctor who takes an oath, a Hippocratic oath, I think it's more of a hypo-critic oath."

To date, 48 states have passed prescription drug monitoring programs.

Reporting from the State Capitol, I'm Mary McGuire.


There were strong words in the Missouri Senate Thursday, over the filibuster of Prescription Drug Monitoring legislation.
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Description: "You can't help stupid. He keeps talking about special interest groups, yes it is, it is the emergency room doctors, the Missouri Doctor's Association, Doctors of Osteopathic Medicine, the pharmacists, they all understand that prescription drugs are being abused."

Those were the words of Senator Kevin Engler of Saint Francois to Senator Rob Schaaf, who filibustered Engler's Prescription Drug Monitoring bill.

The legislation would establish a on-line database that would track controlled substances being prescribed in Missouri.

Engler says the bill would prevent "doctor-shopping" but Schaaf says the legislation will rob Missourians of their privacy.

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Description: "Today is a great day to stand up for the liberty of our constituents, isn't it?"

To date, 48 states have adopted prescription drug monitoring programs.

Reporting from the State Capitol, I'm Mary McGuire.

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