Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs (PDMPs)
What Healthcare Providers Need to Know
Responsible Prescribing Can Save Lives
Clinical practice guidelines encourage use of the PDMP prior to prescribing to assess a patient’s history of controlled substance use.
It is possible to improve the way opioids are prescribed, reducing the number of people who misuse, abuse, or overdose from them, while making sure patients have access to safe, effective pain management.
A prescription drug monitoring program (PDMP) is an electronic database that tracks controlled substance prescriptions. PDMPs can help identify patients who may be misusing prescription opioids or other prescription drugs and who may be at risk for overdose.
Use PDMPs to Improve Patient Safety
PDMPs can alert you to prescription information requiring interventions that could be lifesaving. Take action to improve patient safety.
Check the PDMP. It’s an important step to improve opioid prescribing practices.
- Do not dismiss patients from care
- Calculate the total daily dose of opioids for safer dosage
- If patients are receiving high total opioid dosages
- Consider collaborating with the patient to taper opioids for chronic pain to a safer dosage
- Consider offering naloxone
- If patients are taking benzodiazepines with opioids
- Communicate with others managing the patient
- Weigh patient goals, needs, and risks
- If considering opioid use disorder, discuss safety concerns and treatment options