Virginia Prescription Monitoring Program
Description of Program
The prescription monitoring program collects prescription data for Schedule II-IV drugs into a central database which can then be used by limited authorized users to assist in deterring the illegitimate use of prescription drugs. The information collected in this program is maintained by the Department of Health Professions, and strict security and confidentiality measures are enforced. Only those persons authorized by law can be provided information from the database, and the list of authorized persons is very limited. Prescribers and dispensers may query the database to assist in determining treatment history and to rule out the possibility that a patient is "doctor shopping" or "scamming" in order to obtain controlled substances.
- Prescription Drug Abuse - Red Flags for Pharmacists and Pharmacy Technicians: An educational video for pharmacists and pharmacy technicians to help them identify the warning signs of prescription drug abuse and diversion when dispensing prescriptions was created by the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy® and the Anti-Diversion Industry Working Group, a consortium of pharmaceutical manufacturers and distributors. This 12-minute video, entitled, "Red Flags," includes a foreword from Virginia Board of Pharmacy Executive Director, Caroline D. Juran.
- Brochure: Virginia’s Prescription Monitoring Program (PMP): Maximizing Management, Minimizing Risk
- A Brief Introduction and Instructions for Use of the Prescription Monitoring Program
- What can a Prescriber or Pharmacist do with a PMP Report?
Pharmacies, non-resident pharmacies, permitted physicians, and physicians holding a permit to sell controlled substances are required to report all dispensing of any Schedule II, III, and IV controlled substances to the PMP.
NOTE: Federal facilities do not report the dispensing of Schedule II, III, and IV controlled substances to the PMP. Legislation to allow Veteran's Administration and Department of Defense pharmacies to report to state PMPs is being pursued at the federal level.
There is a limited list of reporting exemptions such as dispensing of manufacturers’ samples. Click here for list of exemptions.(MS Word)
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