Virginia Prescription Monitoring Program
Description of Program
The prescription monitoring program collects prescription data 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
- Quick Reference Guide – Making a Request in PMP AWARXE
- User Support Manual
- 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 dispensing of all controlled substances included in Schedule II, III and IV; those in Schedule V for which a prescription is required; nalaxone, and all other drugs of concern.
There is a limited list of reporting exemptions such as dispensing of manufacturers’ samples. Click here for list of exemptions.
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