Changes Made to Arkansas Prescription Drug Monitoring Program

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – A minor change coming to the Arkansas Prescription Drug Monitoring Program could make a big impact.

The Arkansas Department of Health, which manages the program, changed the reporting requirement for drug dispensers from weekly to daily.

The department’s chief general counsel, Robert Brech, said the minor tweak will provide more timely information for users of the database, which should cut down on doctor shopping and double-dipping on prescriptions.

However, the rule won’t change for one type of dispenser.

“I will point out that the veterinarians, they do have 30 days because they’re a different animal, no pun intended,” Brech told a subcommittee of the Arkansas Legislative Council.

The change will cost more than $100,000 for two years, but a CDC Prescription Drug Monitoring Enhancement Grant will fund it.

Thirty-three other states currently use daily reporting, while Oklahoma uses instantaneous reporting.

The proposed effective date is August 10.

Gov. Asa Hutchinson signed a bill into law last month that requires prescribers of prescription medications to use the program for every patient.
 

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