Conway says it's unlikely prescription pill monitoring system will move to AG's office

06/04/2012 07:59 AM

Attorney General Jack Conway said he appreciated some lawmakers’ push to move the KASPER prescription pill monitoring system to his office but he said he expects the drug tracking system won’t move there and, he added, he’s not lobbying for it.

The General Assembly in April passed a new law aimed at curbing prescription pills from flooding into Kentucky by adding new restrictions on pain clinics that can dole out prescription drugs and by requiring more doctors to report what they are prescribing to the Kentucky All Schedule Prescription Electronic Reporting, or KASPER, system.

Conway and Democratic House Speaker Greg Stumbo, a former attorney general, wanted to give law enforcement greater access to data kept by KASPER. Stumbo pushed to move KASPER to the attorney general’s office, a move that was vehemently opposed by the Kentucky Medical Association. Conway said the system’s procedures can be changed to allow for more access without moving KASPER from the Health and Family Services Cabinet to the attorney general’s office.

“Yes, I’ve talked to the governor. Yes, there have been discussions about reorganizing it in some way … I’m not closing any doors but I don’t expect it to come to my office,” he said.

Conway told Pure Politics last week that he had hoped the new law would address three areas: giving greater access to law enforcement (which is being worked on), adding new restrictions on pain clinics (which the law does) and requiring more doctors to report to KASPER.

Some doctors, such as oncologists are exempted from the requirement. And Conway said perhaps more exemptions can be added in later:

A task force of lawmakers will be overseeing the implementation of the new pill law this summer.


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