Use of prescription drug-monitoring programs (PDMPs) has increased significantly in recent years, but information gaps remain, a problem that new AMA policy adopted at the 2017 AMA Annual Meeting seeks to address. …

“Use will go up when they become more useful tools,” Dr. McAneny (@BarbaraMcAneny) said while presenting a Board of Trustees report to the reference committee.

 

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Recommendations for full use of PDMP include:

  • PDMPs can be effective clinical tools in medication management involving controlled substances.
  • PDMPs should be available for clinicians across state boundaries.
  • Every prescribing clinician should be familiar with the process of accessing and utilizing information from PDMP’s so that they can incorporate this information in their practices.

American Society of Addiction Medicine

Whenever possible, orthopaedic surgeons should request and review old medical records and speak with the patient’s primary physician about past medication problems. Currently, states have Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs designed to assist law enforcement in the identification of doctor shoppers; these data are also accessible to physicians.

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, Now, March 2014
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