Missouri Pharmacy Association Commends the House for Their Approval of Prescription Drug Monitoring Program Act

“This is the first step for Missouri to work toward fixing a problem that every other state in the nation already has recognized and is working to control,” said Missouri Pharmacy Association President, Christian Tadrus, PharmD. “We applaud the Missouri House of Representatives for recognizing this problem and approving the legislation to get us moving in the right direction.”

Today, the Missouri House of Representatives passed House Bill 1133, the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP) Act. This bill, sponsored by Rep. Kevin Engler, will create a secure electronic database that allows doctors and pharmacists to track prescription drug data and helps in the prevention of drug abusers and traffickers from accessing prescription medications.  Rep. Engler did a great job of presenting the need for the bill on the Floor of the House today.

“By implementing a Prescription Drug Monitoring Program we will join the other 49 states to prevent controlled substances from getting onto the streets and into the wrong hands,” said Tadrus.

The information tracked within the PDMP is treated as private health information and only tracks certain types of controlled substances dispensed within a state. It can act as an early warning system for prescribers to avoid doctor shopping, but can also alert prescribers and pharmacists to a possible dangerous drug interaction. Many patients see multiple doctors and aren’t always communicating their current prescriptions to their doctors. By enacting a PDMP physicians and pharmacists can see if a current prescription will negatively interact with a prescription they are about to give to the patient to prevent negative and sometimes deadly combinations.

“Since Missouri is the only state that does not have a PDMP, the best provisions from the other states can be incorporated into Missouri’s program to ensure confidentiality, support physician and pharmacist needs, and provide real-time reporting of the prescription data,” said Tadrus.

Established in 1879, the Missouri Pharmacy Association, www.MORx.com, promotes leadership, sharing, learning, and policy exchange among pharmacy leaders in the state of Missouri and provides education and advocacy to support pharmacists, patients, and communities working together to improve public health.