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October 2015
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  • 1-2 Punch: Dollars and Legislation Aim to Improve Prescription Drug Monitoring in Illinois

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) awarded Illinois a $3.6 million grant to improve the Prescription Monitoring Program (PMP). This funding, coupled with improvements authorized under recently enacted legislation to address the heroin/opioid epidemic, will significantly boost the capabilities of the PMP to tackle drug abuse in Illinois.

    ISMS supported the PMP’s grant proposal to the (CDC).

    The recent legislation (House Bill 1) will allow physicians to access a more accurate view of a patient’s recent prescription history, and will include these changes:    

    • Physicians will be auto-enrolled in the PMP system when obtaining or renewing a controlled substance license.
    • Pharmacies will be required to report filled narcotic prescriptions by the next business day to ensure physicians are viewing updated data.
    • Physicians will be able to designate an employee to access the PMP system.

    The PMP will also offer clinical resources to assist physicians and provide education related to current prescribing standards.

    These are only a few of the improvements in store for the PMP; ISMS encourages members to use this valuable clinical tool. 

    Read article quoting ISMS President Scott A. Cooper, MD, on the federal grant awarded to Illinois.

    See related ISMS webpage, New Law to Tackle Illinois’ Serious Problem with Heroin, Opioid Abuse.

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