Providers balk at fee to access prescription database

A new prescription monitoring database in Washington state is drawing the ire of physicians who don't want to have to pay for access. A provision to the 2007 bill that initially created the program promised doctors would have free access to the data. Now, the U.S. Department of Justice, which was expected to provide funding for the project, has told the state not to expect any money. The program will cost roughly $530,000 annually. Dispensers and prescribers, according to the Seattle Times, now will be expected to foot the bill--with fees of $11 to $15 per provider. Article

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