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National All Schedules Prescription Electronic Reporting (NASPER) Bill Receives Preliminary Funding
Date:4/1/2009

Hailed as Key Way to Save Lives and Millions of Dollars in 'Doctor Shopped' Prescriptions

NEW YORK, April 1 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians (ASIPP) announced that National All Schedules Prescription Electronic Reporting (NASPER) has received preliminary funding to begin implementation. The Omnibus Appropriations Bill (H.R. 1105) includes $2 million in appropriated funds for NASPER in 2009.

The National All Schedules Prescription Electronic Reporting, or NASPER, was a bill proposed by ASIPP, with the support of ASA, AMA and other organizations, to protect patients and physicians from the deleterious effects of controlled substance misuse, abuse and trafficking while maintaining patient access with quality care. The ultimate goal of NASPER is to have a coordinated prescription monitoring program in all 50 states, which could save hundreds of millions of dollars in prescriptions in the Medicaid and Medicare programs and also save countless numbers of lives.

NASPER was signed into law on August 11, 2005 by President George W. Bush, and was authorized a total of $52 million to be appropriated over a five year period. Since 2005, ASIPP has worked to gain the authorized and necessary appropriations to begin implementation. Currently, there are 38 states that individually fund their own prescription monitoring programs based on requirements originally set by NASPER. With NASPER's new appropriated support, states can now save money by funding these programs with the federal grant as well as create a universal monitoring program.

NASPER has received unanimous support in the House as well as overwhelming bi-partisan support in the Senate. Sponsors of the unanimously passed NASPER bill in the House were U.S. Rep. Edward Whitfield (R-KY) who introduced the legislation, Frank Pallone (D-NJ), and 27 bi-partisan co-sponsors. In the S
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