By Bill Sizemore
May 8, 2009
The possible breach of a state electronic prescription drug data-base
could have an ironic effect: promotion of prescription drug fraud and
abuse, the very thing the system was set up to deter.
That suggestion came from outside experts Thursday as the FBI and State
Police continued investigating last week's unauthorized intrusion on the
Web site of the Virginia Prescription Monitoring Program.
According to WikiLeaks, an open-government Web site, the intruder was a
hacker claiming to have gained access to more than 35 million
prescription records and demanding a $10 million ransom.
The statewide database was established in 2006 to combat prescription
drug abuse, which is increasingly recognized as a national public health
issue. Overdose deaths from prescription drugs now exceed those from
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