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Prescription Drug Monitoring Program

Searching for Your Patients Across State Lines

Users of the Pennsylvania Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP) are able to search for their patients across state lines. This is called a PMP Interconnect Search.

How to use

  1. When creating a new Patient Rx request, a list of available states is listed on the right side of the screen.
  2. Select the states from which you wish to retrieve data.
  3. Perform a search as normal, and your Patient Rx request will be submitted to the selected states as well as the PDMP.
  4. Results from those states will be blended into the final Patient Rx report.

The report does not group Rx information from each state into distinct tables. Instead, it incorporates information from all sources into a single table. The "PMP" column on the far right indicates which state PDMP the data came from.

Example of patient report with data from multiple states

Please note: Some users, such as delegates, medical residents and prescribers without DEA numbers, will not be granted access to search certain states if those states do not legally permit such users to access their PDMP.

Concerns or questions regarding the accuracy or completeness of patient prescription data obtained from other states should be directed to the appropriate state PDMP or to the pharmacy that submitted the data.

Setting states to search by default

Users can set default states to include every time they perform a search, for instance, if they want to always search neighboring states. This can be configured by clicking on "User Profile" on the blue menu bar and then clicking on "Default PMPi States" on the submenu.

State access by user role

The following table shows which user roles have access to which states. Whether a role has access to a state is determined by the laws in the given state. For instance, some states do not legally permit delegates to search their PDMP.

  Role has access
  Role does not have access
Role in the PA PDMP CT DC IL LA MA ME MN NJ NY OH OK SC TX VA WV
Dentist                              
Medical Resident                              
Nurse Practitioner                              
Optometrist                              
Pharmacist                              
Physician                              
Physician Assistant                              
Pharmacist's Delegate - Licensed                              
Pharmacist's Delegate - Unlicensed                              
Prescriber's Delegate - Licensed                              
Prescriber's Delegate – Unlicensed                              
Prescriber without DEA