"Big Government" in Your Medicine Cabinet?!


THE CONCERN: H.R. 3015 - The National All Schedules Prescription Electronic Reporting Act - creates government databases on patients and their prescription medication and allows law enforcement to access the data. This violates both patient privacy and citizen due process rights.

CURRENT STATUS: H.R. 3015 passed the U.S. House on October 5, 2004 and is working its way through the U.S. Senate.

WRITE A LETTER TO YOUR SENATOR (easy already-written letter): http://www.healthactioncenter.com/action/index.asp?step=2&item=22502


H.R. 3015:

  • tracks patient medication use by individual name, address, physician, and telephone number.
  • does not require patient consent for tracking medication data.
  • authorizes government monitoring of any type of scheduled drug, such as those for anxiety, depression, insomnia, or pain.
  • authorizes State government to notify law enforcement if State officials suspect misuse of a controlled substance.
  • violates Constitutional due process requirements, giving law enforcement access to personal data without a required search warrant, or even knowledge that a crime has been committed.
  • funds State governments to set up electronic prescription monitoring databases ($25 million annually in 2006 and 2007)
  • provides private medical data to law enforcement, narcotics control, or any licensure, disciplinary or program authority.
  • gives state and federal health departments access to database information to perform research activities.

According to Kathryn Serkes, public affairs counsel for the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons, more than 48 million people who suffer chronic pain in the United States are already "having difficulty finding doctors to treat them as a result of misguided drug policy, law enforcement, and overzealous prosecutions" (NewsMax.com, Nov. 22, 2004)