January 28, 2014

Below is the introduction for this report. To view the entire document, please click Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs: What You Need to Know in 2014 .

Written by PRMS

Introduction Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PMP) is a state-run electronic database that stores and analyzes information on the prescribing and dispensing of specific controlled substances. The general purpose of a PMP is two-fold: 1) to reduce misuse and diversion of controlled substances and 2) to improve patient safety. These programs, found in the majority of states, specify the following:

  •  The scheduled substances to be monitored, typically Schedule II, III, and IV drugs (drugs of concern or nonscheduled drugs may also be included), and
  •  Those who are authorized to access and use PMP data (authorized users typically include prescribers and dispensers; law enforcement agencies; representatives of professional or occupational boards, directors of state commissions or agencies; and individuals whose prescription history has been captured by the database).