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Monday, April 28, 2014

National Rx Drug Abuse Summit PDMP Report

A meeting of more than 75 medical insurers, federal agency leaders and state Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP) administrators took place at the National Rx Drug Abuse Summit in Atlanta. One of the major issues discussed was better methods for utilizing prescription drug databases in order to prevent “doctor shopping” and reduce overdoses. A report by the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP) Center of Excellence at Brandeis University, showed how health insurers could reduce overdoses by using state prescription monitoring databases.

As of right now most prescription drug databases are not connected and are managed on a state level, by sharing data between prescription monitoring databases, insurers would be able to detect inappropriate prescribing and dispensing, according to the report.

In most cases, insurance programs only look at data about prescriptions for which their particular plans have paid, MedicalXpress reports. However, PDMPs provide a complete outpatient prescription history for controlled substances. If all of their enrollees’ activity was visible to the insurer, it would allow them to spot patients who are “doctor shopping”, according to the report.

“At a time when the misuse and abuse of prescription opioids has reached epidemic levels, it’s important that third party payers be able to use states’ prescription monitoring data to make sure these drugs are prescribed appropriately,” Peter Kreiner, Principal Investigator of the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program Center of Excellence, said in a news release.

“Opioid abuse is the most urgent issue in workers’ compensation,” said Bruce Wood, Director of Workers’ Compensation with the American Insurance Association. “Giving workers’ compensation payers access to PDMP information would permit them to see if an injured worker is getting opioids from multiple sources.”

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