HB1419 is awaiting the signature of Governor Mary Fallin for her signature.
HB1419,which passed the legislature last week, provides for real- time reporting to physicians by the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs when prescriptions are filled by a licensed pharmacists. For those physicians using electronic patient medical records, OBN will send an email to trigger a red flag to appear in the right hand corner of the patients file when duplicate prescriptions are sought by that patient. Physicians using paper files will receive a notification by traditional post.
Currently Oklahoma is first in the nation in the abuse of prescription medications with more of our citizens dying from RX overdose than car accidents; 125 million pain pills prescribed in 2009, alone. By 2011, addiction to painkillers had become so pervasive that the National Survey on Drug Use and Health found that Oklahomans 12 and older exceeded the national average for the consumption of painkillers for non-medical use by 232 percent.