JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- A Missouri senator has successfully killed a bill that would have authorized a government database to track people's prescription drug purchases.
Republican Sen. Rob Schaaf and his allies led an eight-hour filibuster Thursday against the legislation before supporters finally caved in. Schaaf, a family physician from St. Joseph, had denounced the bill as an infringement on individual liberties.
Supporters said the database would have helped stop "doctor shopping," in which people get prescriptions from multiple doctors to feed their drug habits.
The legislation died in an odd procedural way. Senators capitulated to Schaaf's demand to attach a referendum clause to the bill. But then Senate Majority Leader Tom Dempsey declared that the bill would not receive a final vote before the legislative session ends May 18.