Finally, these prescription databases will be accessible to physicians. States like Maryland and California have been collecting this information on prescriptions for years, but for some mysterious reason, doctors don’t have access. I don’t understand why these databases haven’t long been used to verify that a person isn’t doctor-shopping and getting multiple opiate prescriptions. Insurance companies can find almost any prescription you’ve filled since the early 1990’s.
I learned this when my young athletic husband was rejected for health insurance because they found a 10-yr-old prescription for migraine medicine that he’d once tried and found useless. I was shocked that they had found this detail which we had long forgotten. This shows how much information is already available to those who profit from it.
For the first time, providers will have online access to their patients’ Maryland controlled substance prescription history. The PDMP will improve their ability to screen for substance use disorders, make referrals to appropriate assessment, treatment and recovery services and prevent dangerous drug interactions.
The Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH) today announced the launch of healthcare provider access to Maryland’s Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP). The goal of the PDMP is to assist providers, public health professionals and other stakeholders in reducing the misuse, abuse and diversion of prescription drugs.