As part of the commonwealth’s active role in combatting the opioid epidemic, the Pennsylvania Department of Health (DOH) is introducing the new Pennsylvania Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PA PDMP.) The new PA PDMP will provide prescribers and dispensers an additional resource for making informed clinical decisions by providing patients’ schedule II - V prescription history.
Prescribers (or their delegates) are required to check the PDMP system the first time they are prescribing a controlled substance for a patient, or when there is clinical concern the patient is suffering from the disease of addiction or is diverting a controlled substance(s). However, as a best clinical practice, the DOH recommends prescribers and dispensers check the system every time.
Registration for the PA PDMP will start on Aug. 8, 2016, and the system will be available for query on Aug. 25, 2016. As this date approaches, the PA PDMP office is focusing on educating system users. For more information including tutorials, FAQs and more, and to register, please visit www.doh.pa.gov/PDMP.