INDUSTRY WATCH: July/August 2014

PMP InterConnect Increases Participation

The National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP) reports that its PMP InterConnect program continues to grow, with 25 prescription-monitoring programs now live. With half of the states sharing PMP data via a secure communication platform, authorized PMP users in those states are able to see a more complete history of a person’s controlled-substance prescriptions.

Nevada, Idaho, and New Jersey are the latest states to go live, with several other states signing memorandums of understanding to participate. NABP has also produced a video for pharmacists to help them identify the warning signs of prescription drug abuse and diversion when dispensing controlled substances. The video is entitled “Red Flags” and is available for viewing at /pharmacists.

The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and various state pharmacy boards have described red flags that should raise reasonable suspicion about the validity of the prescription. The video highlights a number of these potential warning signs, some of which are not easy to spot, by weaving personal narratives with interactions between pharmacists and customers.