New PA PDMP requirements for prescribers.
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In case you missed it – New PA PDMP requirements for prescribers.

New legislative changes to the Pennsylvania Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PA PDMP) went into effect on Jan. 1, 2017.

Here is what you need to know:

  • Prescribers must now query the PA PDMP each time a patient is prescribed an opioid drug product or benzodiazepine by the prescriber. There are exceptions for emergency departments and for patients who are admitted to a health care facility, and these can be found on our website’s Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page.
  • Dispensing practitioners must now submit data to the PA PDMP no later than the close of the subsequent business day (Monday through Friday) after dispensing the controlled substance, as opposed to the previous requirement of within 72 hours.

Where do I go to learn more?

As always, we encourage you to stay up-to-date on all PA PDMP information by visiting our website’s FAQ page. The PA PDMP office is constantly updating this information to keep you informed. 

Additional Resources

See our Provider Resources page for important information on:

  • Talking with patients about addiction; 
  • Connecting patients with drug and alcohol treatment services; and 
  • CMEs related to pain management and opioid prescribing.

Upcoming Survey

The PA PDMP office is looking to gather feedback from medical professionals in Pennsylvania about their experience using the PDMP system. Results will inform the format and content of future education efforts, including topics such as integrating the PDMP into the clinical workflow, prescribing guidelines, talking to patients about addiction, referring patients to treatment and more. This survey will be sent via email late-February, so keep an eye out!

Thank you for your ongoing commitment to reducing the drug abuse epidemic in Pennsylvania.

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