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HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - Pennsylvania's House of Representatives has given its final approval to a bill to create a statewide database for monitoring the use and abuse of prescription drugs.

The bill was approved by a 191-to-7 vote Monday and sent to the Senate.

The bill would require detailed information about prescriptions of controlled substances ranging from oxycodone and amphetamines to cough medicine containing codeine. Information in the confidential database would include the names of the prescribing physician and patient, the drug dosage and the source of payment.

The bill's sponsor, Rep. Matthew Baker, says he expects changes to be made by the Senate, particularly in what many lawmakers regard as unnecessary restrictions on law-enforcement access to the data.

The Bradford County Republican says the database would help identify addicts and get them treatment.

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