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Would the pharmacy be able to find out about doctor shopping?

Atlanta, GA |

Do pharmacies find out about doctor shopping or just doctors? What actions would they both take?

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Although Georgia does not have the same prescription monitoring requirements/capabilities that other neighboring states have, both doctors and pharmacists in Georgia can and do make inquires regarding patients' use of controlled substances such as opiod-based pain medication. Like doctors, pharmacists have a duty under federal law to make sure that prescriptions for controlled substances are only filled for legitimate medical purposes. Pharmacists are encouraged, and often do, inform law enforcement agents from the GBI, the Georgia Drugs and Narcotics Agency (GDNA), the DEA and local drug task forces, if they suspect a customer is doctor shopping. Pharmacists may also refuse to fill prescriptions that they feel were not written for a legitimate medical purpose.

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