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Prescription Drug Monitoring Program

Information For Prescribers

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Learn how the new PA PDMP requirements impact you

Effective January 1, 2017, new legislative changes to the Pennsylvania Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PA PDMP) took effect, which impact both prescribers and dispensers.

Here is what you need to know:

  • Registration with the PA PDMP program is now required for all prescribers and dispensers licensed in the commonwealth. If you have not already registered, please click here to do so.
  • Prescribers must now query the PA PDMP each time a patient is prescribed an opioid drug product or benzodiazepine by the prescriber. Prescribers must continue to query the PA PDMP:
    • For each patient the first time the patient is prescribed a controlled substance by the prescriber for purposes of establishing a baseline and a thorough medical record; or
    • If a prescriber believes or has reason to believe, using sound clinical judgment, that a patient may be abusing or diverting drugs.
  • Dispensing prescribers or pharmacies must now submit data to the PA PDMP no later than the close of the subsequent business day (Monday through Friday) after dispensing the controlled substance, as opposed to the previous requirement of within 72 hours. Click here for updated data dispensation guidelines.

For a more complete understanding of all the recent legislative changes, please review our Prescriber Q&A.

If I haven't yet registered, how do I do so?

Registration for the PA PDMP is a straightforward process. Click here to get started! You can also grant access to delegates employed by you or under your supervision to check the system on your behalf. To learn more about who can be your delegate, please visit the Tutorials & Policies page.

Dispensing Practitioners

Dispensing practitioners are required to report Schedule II-V controlled substances they dispense to patients by the close of the subsequent business day after dispensing. A Dispensing Practitioner is a medical practitioner that stocks controlled substances and distributes the medication to a patient, who then leaves the facility and is responsible for administering the medication themselves. If you are a dispensing practitioner please visit the dispenser page for instructions on how to report to the PDMP.