The House of Representatives introduced legislation last week aimed at protecting patients from opioid overuse. The Analyzing and Leveraging Existing Rx Transactions (ALERT) Act would mandate Health and Human Services (HHS) to work with the private sector on a system that can analyze data from payers and pharmacists to protect patients from opioid abuse. This system would capture transactions from across state lines, including unsuccessful opioid fill attempts and doctor-shopping.
“By giving pharmacists, insurance companies, and programs like Medicare a new tool to understand the data they already have, we can help prevent further harm,” said Rep. Tom MacArthur, R-New Jersey. “Instead of filling that unnecessary prescription, pharmacists will have an extra tool to detect and prevent these dangers.”