“This is very good news for patients and their families,” said Diederik Lohman, associate health director at Human Rights Watch. “It will significantly improve access to essential medicines that have been unavailable to tens of thousands of people who have been suffering unnecessarily.”
Human Rights Watch reports that the new system allows physicians to download from a secure website special prescriptions with bar codes required for prescribing opioid pain killers,as well as introducing electronic record keeping for pharmacies.
Previously the bar codes prescription stickers had to be collected from state capitals by the physicians in person. This time-consuming process strongly discouraged physicians from prescribing these strong painkillers.
Read more on the Human Rights Watch website.