Sensitive drug distribution system and method

  • US 7,765,107 B2
  • Filed: 04/01/2005
  • Issued: 07/27/2010
  • Est. Priority Date: 12/17/2002
  • Status: Active Grant
First Claim
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1. A computerized method to control abuse of a prescription drug comprising:

  • controlling with a computer processor the distribution of said prescription drug via an exclusive central pharmacy that maintains a central database that tracks all prescriptions of said prescription drug and analyzes for potential abuse situations;

    receiving in the computer processor all prescription requests, for any and all patients being prescribed the prescription drug, only at the exclusive central pharmacy, from any and all medical doctors allowed to prescribe the prescription drug;

    processing with the computer processor all prescriptions for the prescription drug only by the exclusive central pharmacy using only the central database;

    determining with the computer processor current and anticipated patterns of potential prescription abuse of said prescription drug from periodic reports generated only by the central database based on prescription request data from a particular medical doctor and further based on filling of prescriptions by a particular patient, wherein said request data contain information identifying the patient, the drug prescribed, and credentials of the medical doctor; and

    selecting with the computer processor multiple controls for distribution by said exclusive central pharmacy, the controls comprising communicating prescriptions from a physician to the central pharmacy;

    identifying the physician'"'"'s name, license, and DEA (Drug Enforcement Agency) registration information;

    verifying the prescription;

    obtaining patient information;

    verifying the physician is eligible to prescribe the prescription drug by consulting the National Technical Information Services to determine whether the physician has an active DEA number and to check on whether any actions are pending against the physician;

    providing comprehensive printed materials to the physician;

    contacting the patient'"'"'s insurance company if any;

    verifying patient registry information;

    providing comprehensive education information to the patient;

    verifying the patient has reviewed the educational materials;

    verifying the home address of the patient;

    shipping via US postal service or a commercial shipping service;

    receiving the name of an at least 18 year old designee to receive the drug;

    confirming receipt of an initial shipment of the drug to the patient returning the drug to the pharmacy after two attempts to deliver;

    launching an investigation when a shipment is lost;

    shipping to another pharmacy for delivery;

    requiring manufacture at a single location;

    releasing inventory in a controlled manner to the central pharmacy;

    questioning early refills;

    flagging repeat instances of lost, stolen, destroyed, or spilled prescriptions;

    limiting the prescription to a one month supply;

    requiring rewriting of the prescription periodically; and

    making the database available to the DEA for checking for abuse patterns in the data, for cash payments, and for inappropriate questions.

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