- Associated Press - Tuesday, October 14, 2014

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - A proposal to set up a database with information on prescription drug dispensing in an effort to prevent their abuse is closer to becoming law in Pennsylvania.

The House voted overwhelmingly on Tuesday for the proposal, which is aimed at helping fight illegal diversion of the substances and the practice of doctor shopping.

The proposal is designed to provide doctors and pharmacists information about people who try to get narcotics from two different doctors or who go to different pharmacies to have the same prescriptions filled.

The database would be maintained by the state Health Department.

The bill was sent back to the Senate after being amended in the House.

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