The Senate Public Health, Welfare and Safety Committee approved the prescription drug registry (hb 83), on a unanimous vote. House bill 83 was introduced by Representative Tom Berry and Attorney General Steve Bullock. The bill now heads to the senate floor. The registry would provide an important tool to doctors and pharmacists to prevent abuse and save lives. Spokesperson for the Attorney General, Kevin O' Brien says this bill addresses a public health and safety problem.

 The bill would also protect patient privacy and preserve the doctor-patent relationship. O’ Brien says the legislation has no impact on the General Fund.