Dr. Murphy reported to the board that both clinic sites see roughly 100 to 120 patients per day and checks the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program database (PDMP) 20-30 times each day.

However, the board points to information from the database, which is starkly different. During the period between January and April 15, 2015, “PDMP records reflect that Dr. Murphy or his office accessed the PDMP site 190 times on 7,000 patients visits. Thus, with an average of 91 patients per day, the PDMP was checked less than five times per day.”

Follow Prescription Advisory

What prescribers can do to safely and effectively use opioids for CNCP (includes the following)

  • Screen for prior or current substance abuse/misuse
  • Do not use concomitant sedative–hypnotics or benzodiazepines
  • Track daily MED using an online dosing calculator
  • Use the state Prescription Drug Monitoring Program to monitor all sources of controlled substances

Neurology, 2014; 83; 1277-1284, September 2014

Emergency Physicians must balance under-treatment of pain with concerns about drug diversion and doctor shopping. Use of a state PDMP may help identify patients who are at high risk for prescription opioid diversion or doctor shopping… To quantify the effects of PDMPs, studies were conducted of ED providers who cared for adult patients with pain. Of the patients with complete data in one study, information from the state’s PDMP System altered prescribing practice in 41%. Knowledge of the information provided had an important impact.

ACEP - Annals of Emergency Medicine – 525

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