The practice of “Doc Shopping” will be hampered with legislation recently signed into law by the governor.
State Representative John Townsend (R-Fond du Lac) authored the bill after some physicians approached him about the abusive practice where patients will go from clinic to clinic in search of a doctor to write a prescription for addictive drugs or pain killers.
Townsend says they know just what to say to the doctors, and there’s been no way to know how many different clinics that person may have visited recently trying to score addictive prescription drugs.
Townsend says some people also use “Doc Shopping” to get pills they can sell on the black market for a tidy profit. He says some can carry price tags of up to $50 per pill.
The legislation will create a system to monitor the prescriptions that are issued through those types of clinics. It will be overseen by the state Pharmacy Board.