DOH Launches Prescription Drug Monitoring Program to Combat Opioid Abuse – Here’s What You Need to Know


Pennsylvania physicians who are licensed, registered, or otherwise lawfully authorized to prescribe controlled substances, other drug or device in the course of professional practice, or research in this Commonwealth are required to register in the state’s new controlled substances monitoring program (PDMP).

Once you have registered, the system will be ready for query beginning Aug. 25, 2016, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Health (DOH). DOH’s PDMP webpage contains more information, including a link to register.

According to the law, once registered, prescribers shall query the system for each patient the first time the patient is prescribed a controlled substance by the prescriber for purposes of establishing a baseline and a thorough medical record. A prescriber shall also query the system if he or she believes or has reason to believe, using sound clinical judgment, that a patient may be abusing or diverting drugs.

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