Health Department Holding Prescription Drug Monitoring Program Workshop

Today-s Top Medical News - June 13- 2017_14971187

SPRINGFIELD — The Springfield-Greene County Health Department is offering a workshop for local pharmacists to learn more about potential changes ahead of local efforts to implement a Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP) in our community.

The City of Springfield, the City of Republic and the Greene County Commission have expressed interest in exploring a PDMP to combat the growing opioid epidemic in our community.

Pharmacy stakeholders are invited to an informational workshop on June 26 at 6 p.m. in the theater room of the Children’s Center at the Burrell Behavioral Health Auditorium located at 1300 E. Bradford Parkway, Building B, Springfield

The workshop will be an overview of St. Louis County’s PDMP from the St. Louis County Department of Public Health, as well as a presentation from a representative of Appriss, the company that provides the PDMP platform. The program adopted by St. Louis County will require pharmacies to report the dispensing of all Schedule II, III and IV controlled substances to a centralized and password-protected database.

Our community is currently positioned to join a state-wide effort, led by the St. Louis County Department of Public Health, to receive a federal grant to implement a PDMP. At this time, 31 jurisdictions have fully implemented or will be implementing local PDMPs through St. Louis County’s program. Springfield City Council has already approved applying for the grant alongside other state-wide partners. To implement a PDMP, an ordinance must be passed by each jurisdiction impacted-Springfield, Republic and Greene County.

If passed, the target date for implementation would be in October.

Missouri is the only state in the country that does not currently have a PDMP. A PDMP is a secure electronic database that tracks the filling and dispensing of prescription drugs to better inform prescribers and pharmacists of potential abuse.

(Edited Press Release, Springfield-Greene County Health Department)


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