Cuomo ve­toes bill, cit­ing opi­oid abuse ‘loop­hole’

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - LOCAL NEWS -

Gov. An­drew Cuomo has ve­toed a bill he says would roll back ef­forts to fight pre­scrip­tion opi­oid abuse with a “loop­hole” in the state law re­quir­ing elec­tronic pre­scrip­tions.

It would have ex­empted doctors at nurs­ing homes and other in­sti­tu­tions, not­ing they of­ten is­sue pre­scrip­tions orally and some lack the com­puter tech­nol­ogy.

In­stead, Cuomo says he’s ex­tend­ing their cur­rent waiver un­der the law through Oct. 31, 2017.

He has ve­toed an­other bill to re­quire the health depart­ment to de­velop a cen­tral data­base to ware­house all elec­tronic pre­scrip­tions, in­tended to give con­sumers flex­i­bil­ity in choos­ing phar­ma­cies.

Cuomo says it costs too much and has se­cu­rity risks.

He has signed an amend­ment to let doctors log limited le­gal pa­per pre­scrip­tions in a pa­tient’s chart rather than re­port­ing them di­rectly to the health depart­ment.

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