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Prescription Drug Monitoring Program Usage

Rhode Island Numbers

  • The vast majority of prescribers are not using the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program when they prescribe Schedule 2 drugs to check and see if the patient has other prescriptions.
  • While there is much opportunity for improvement, utilization of PDMP reached its highest level in July 2015.
  • The recommended best practice is for providers to check the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program before every Schedule 2 prescription is written.

By Profession

Data for the month of February, 2016

  • It is recommended that providers check the Prescription Drug Monitoring Progam before every Schedule 2 prescription is written.
  • Prescribers are legally required to check the Prescription Drug Monitoring Progam before starting a new opioid prescription, and at least once a year for patients on long term opioids.
  • 99% of all Schedule 2 prescriptions are written by these professions.