Illinoisans who would cheat the system to get prescription drugs are being watched more closely. The state already has a vast prescription monitoring program, which Randy Malan, the Department of Human Services’ director of clinical pharmaceutical services, says is working:
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“We have been able to show since 2008 a 66 2/3 percent reduction in what we refer to as ‘frequent fliers’ – individuals who are seeing five or more prescribers and/or five or more pharmacies in a 30-day period receiving controlled substances,” he says. The state’s prescription monitoring program is joining the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy’s InterConnect program, which is intended to provide further oversight by allowing states to share information.