Pennsylvania Prescription Drug Monitoring Program Is Now Connected to 11 states and D.C.
July 06, 2017
Pennsylvania is now exchanging data on prescription pain medications through the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PA PDMP) with 11 other states and the District of Columbia. In addition to five states that share boarders with Pennsylvania (Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, and West Virginia) data is also being shared with Connecticut, Illinois, Louisiana, Texas, Virginia, and the District of Columbia. Currently, there is no exchange with Delaware.
This is an important step in identifying patients who may be misusing, abusing or diverting opioid prescription medications. Prescribers can just check a box when searching their patient’s opioid prescription history or they can change their default settings to always search for prescriptions filled in other states.
HAP is working closely with the state and other health care stakeholders to stem the tide of opioid addiction. Prescribers can find more detailed information on interstate searches and how to change default settings on the PA PDMP website.