PastRx Enhances Your State’s Prescription Drug Monitoring Program 

Most states require checking their Prescription Drug Monitoring Program database before prescribing controlled substances. This check provides valuable information. A patient may have prescriptions from other doctors or a history of drug use. Estimates vary, but 5-10% of the US – 15 to 30 million people – have some history of prescription drug abuse.

States Require Prescription Drug Monitoring Program Compliance

But Checking Prescription Drug Monitoring Program Reports Isn’t Easy.

First, you (or your medical assistant) need to enter information manually into your state’s PDMP website. Then you wait for a result. Then you eventually get a Prescription Drug Monitoring Program report and this is what that wall of text that looks like.

A Typical Prescription Drug Monitoring Program Report

Maybe the Patient has Multiple Pages of History.

Now you need to analyze the Prescription Drug Monitoring Progam report and cross-reference it with the patient’s electronic medical record. This poses all kinds of problems.

  • Is the patient getting prescriptions from other practices?
  • Is the patient getting overlapping prescriptions?
  • Is the patient receiving high levels of opioids?
  • Is the patient building up a tolerance?
  • Is the patient doctor-shopping?
  • Is the patient paying cash (possibly to avoid insurance audits)?

The list goes on. Given the fierce time demands of a clinical setting, checking every patient’s Prescription Drug Monitoring Program report becomes very challenging. What’s important here? Certainly, your patient’s health and safety, but isn’t your time, your staff’s, and the expense involved worth something?

PastRx Does this Better.

The PastRx service automates this time-consuming clerical work and retrieves Prescription Drug Monitoring Program reports for all your patients.

Then PastRx brings in relevant additional data to provide the complete picture including the geographical location of pharmacies used, calculations of total morphine milligram equivalents/day, and other relevant data. The PartRx software does all the “stare and compare” tasks without getting bored or distracted, and serves up alerts to you.

PastRx highlights risks through these alerts and then you can have evidence-based discussions with your patients to get the answers you need to provide informed decisions.

PastRx enhances the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program databases – creating an interface that takes less time to use, provides better data, and gives you a clearer, more comprehensive understanding of your patients.

Instead of a wall of text Imagine starting your day looking at something like this:

The PastRx Prescription Drug Monitoring Program report.

See How Much Easier it is to Find Patients with PDMP Risks?

Think about how often you can get to the important conversation with your patients about this. Prescription drug overdose is an epidemic – it’s the leading cause of accidental death and causes all kinds of other problems. PastRx gives you a way to stay on top of this that’s powerful, saves time, saves money, can save lives, and is practical enough to do for all your patients.

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A study was conducted to estimate the societal costs of prescription opioid abuse, dependence, and misuse in the United States. Costs were grouped into three categories: health care, workplace, and criminal justice.

The results: Total US societal costs of prescription opioid abuse were estimated at $55.7 billion in 2007 (USD in 2009). Workplace costs accounted for $25.6 billion, health care costs accounted for $25.0 billion, and criminal justice costs accounted for $5.1 billion. Workplace costs were driven by lost earnings from premature death ($11.2 billion) and reduced compensation/lost employment ($7.9 billion).

Conclusions: The costs of prescription opioid abuse represent a substantial and growing economic burden for the society. The increasing prevalence of abuse suggests an even greater societal burden in the future.

Pain Medicine, Volume 12, Issue 4, April 2011

Use of a state PDMP may help identify patients who are at high risk for 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%.

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