"Doctor Shoppers" Targeted By State Officials

A West Virginia Board of Pharmacy committee has identified 176 patients who could be "doctor shopping" for prescription drugs. These patients have received pain medication prescriptions from at least 13 doctors over the past 12 months. The committee recently warned medical professionals across the state that their patients could be "doctor shoppers." More than 2,500 letters were sent to medical professionals urging them to check a multistate database to see whether their patients have obtained prescriptions from other medical professionals, according to the Charleston Gazette. Police are also investigating to see if there is a legitimate reason for the prescriptions.