The opioid crisis has been referred to as the worst public health crisis in American history. One of the top practice strategies to prevent opioid abuse is integration with Prescription Monitoring Program (PMP) data systems.
Dedicated pharmacy providers play a vital role in prevention – so quick and streamlined access to prescription drug data right from a pharmacy workstation is key.
ScriptPro’s PMP Gateway integration with Appriss let’s you review real-time patient controlled substance history and provides a single access point to multiple states’ PMP data as well as a patient’s risk score for narcotics, sedatives, and stimulants. Incorporating this data within a pharmacy’s daily workflow helps pharmacy staff make better informed decisions for early intervention and improved outcomes.
What is a PMP?
A prescription monitoring program (PMP) is an electronic database that tracks controlled substance prescriptions in a state. It can provide timely information about prescribing and patient behaviors that contribute to the opioid epidemic, and enable healthcare professionals to intervene.
Why is “real-time” access so important?
When a pharmacist dispenses a controlled substance to a patient, the prescription has to be entered into the state PMP. However, pharmacies submit this data at varying intervals, which could be from monthly to daily or even in “real-time,” i.e., under five minutes. If there’s a long interval between dispensing and submission to the state PMP, providers and other PMP users will not have information on patients’ most recent prescriptions. Timely data, like in a “real-time” PMP, maximizes the usefulness of the prescription history data, dramatically mitigating potential controlled substance abuse and drug diversion.