Magazine article Drug Topics

Interstate PMP Data-Sharing Now a Reality

Magazine article Drug Topics

Interstate PMP Data-Sharing Now a Reality

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PRESCRIPTION MONITORING

A software system for sharing prescription monitoring programs (PMPs) between states became fully operational in August.

The National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP) has been working for the past 8 months to develop PMP Interconnect, which is expected to reduce prescription drug abuse and "doctor shopping," With the new software, practitioners and law enforcement officials can query multi-state PMPs through a central hub.

"Without the NABP Interconnect, a pharmacist or physician would have to identify every state in which a patient had seen another physician or used another pharmacy and make separate queries to each of those states. Such a system is cumbersome and ineffective," said Carmen Catizone, executive director of NABP.

NABP has invested "considerable time and resources" to develop PMP Interconnect at the request of member boards of pharmacy and state PMP administrators, PMPs in Ohio and Indiana have already begun deploying PMP Interconnect to select groups of users, who are now able to exchange prescription data between the 2 participating states.

Virginia is working toward getting its PMP connected in the near future. …

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