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National All Schedules Prescription Electronic Reporting (NASPER) Act Receives Senate Support
Date:6/18/2009

the funding that it needs to be implemented and start saving lives."

According to the National Institute of Drug Abuse, abuse of prescription medications is on the rise. Prescription drug monitoring programs are an important tool to help and track illegal activity related to the prescription of these drugs. Senators Rockefeller and Corker have stated that NASPER is a "vital tool for states to combat substance abuse," and urge the Appropriations Committee to provide $25 million for the 2010 Fiscal Year.

Currently, there are 38 states that individually fund their own prescription monitoring programs based on requirements originally set by NASPER. With additional appropriated support, states will have the resources necessary to enhance their programs and meet statutorily defined requirements.

"NASPER has made strides since its inception in 2005, but the endorsement of Senator Rockefeller and Senator Corker will hopefully move NASPER into the next crucial phase," said Dr. Manchikanti. "We are so grateful for the support from the senators and those who have shown dedication over the years, especially the tireless efforts of Rep. Ed Whitfield, Rep. Bart Stupak, Sen. Jeff Sessions, and Sen. Richard Durbin."

About The American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians

ASIPP's mission statement is to promote the development and practice of safe, high quality, cost-effective interventional pain management techniques for the diagnosis and treatment of pain and related disorders, and to ensure patient access to these interventions. Founded in 1998 by current CEO Laxmaiah Manchikanti, MD, ASIPP is a rapidly growing not-for-profit organization that supports the needs of physicians who practice Interventional Pain Management across the country.

Since its inception, the organization has had substantial impact on the practice of interventional pain medicine, resultin
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