Drug Epidemic in Plymouth and South Shore

On November 12, 2014, the DPH Public Health Council approved these final Prescription Monitoring Program (PMP) regulations, which will go into effect on December 5, 2014. The PMP is the electronic, statewide database that stores dispensing data on controlled substances (Schedules II-V); it was developed to give patient prescription history to aid in clinical decisions before prescriptions are written.

The regulations build on the governor’s declared public health emergency of opioid addiction in the commonwealth. The final regulations include the following specific changes to an individual prescribers’ responsibilities when prescribing certain drugs:

Automatically grants authority to use the PMP to registered individual practitioners (except for veterinarians) holding a Mass. Controlled Substance Registration.

All such registered individual practitioners must use the PMP prior to prescribing for the first time: (a) a narcotic drug in controlled substances schedule II or III; (b) a benzodiazepine; or (c) a schedule IV or V controlled substance outlined in any DPH-issued guidance;

Requires using the PMP prior to prescribing commonly abused and addictive Schedule II and III drugs as outlined in any DPH issued guidance; and Removes the requirement on physician assistants to include the name of the supervising physician on written prescriptions, although the physician assistant must still work under the supervision of a physician.

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