April, 11, 2012
In order to create the Prescription Monitoring Program in the first place, they had to reassure citizens and their elected officials that even though personal medical information was being exposed to the cops and other bureaucrats, it wouldn’t go any further. Now that the program is in place, now comes the slow but sure expansion of sharing that data. Right now it is just statistical data being shared with a few more select stakeholders but this is just the first step. (See article below)
The Oklahoma Prescription Monitoring Program tracks all drugs Schedule II-V, not just opioids like Vicodin as mentioned in the article. And naturally since the federal government has applied ample amounts of both the carrot and the stick to the states to create these tracking programs, now they want to link them all up.
“Now that 48 states have authorized PMPs, it is high time we get these systems linked up to eliminate the interstate doctor shopping which has been fueling the pill pipeline around our country,” Rogers continued. “The ID MEDS Act paves the way for secure prescription data exchange so that doctors and pharmacists around the country will be able to make informed decisions about prescribing these powerful drugs, and law enforcement can more easily root out corrupt drug dealers. I am proud to join my colleagues in introducing this important legislation.” Read more
Here is an insightful comment about the Prescription Monitoring Programs that I just had to share. From JasonPye.com
It’s funny, when ObamaCare was passed last year. Republicans claimed that it would interfere with doctor-patient relationships, etc. But when pushing a bill that could cause doctors to under-prescribe patients because of the fear that they could be tied to someone that is doctor shopping. While this concern will be downplayed, it’s a serious issue that has ruined careers and caused patients to suffer unnecessarily. Read more
From Tulsa Today
Bill will provide drug data
Written by Staff Report Wednesday, 11 April 2012
Oklahoma Sen. Gary Stanislawski said a bill allowing access to statistical data about drug prescriptions has been approved by both chambers and is one step closer to becoming law. Stanislawski, R-Tulsa, is principal author of Senate Bill 1065, which deals with the state’s Prescription Monitoring Program (PMP). The database is maintained by the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs (OBNDD) to track prescriptions of specific types of drugs, like Vicodin.
Physicians, pharmacists and law enforcement can access the PMP to search a patient’s prescription history. The purpose was to identify patients who would visit multiple doctors to obtain duplicate prescriptions, raising flags about possible addiction or the illegal distribution of dangerous drugs.
“When the PMP was created, there were concerns about the inappropriate disclosure of private medical information, and so it was a misdemeanor to share any of this data with the public or the press,” Stanislawski said.