Prescription Monitoring Program (PMP)
The Prescription Monitoring Program (PMP) is a tool that supports safe prescribing and dispensing and assists in addressing prescription drug misuse and abuse. The PMP collects prescribing and dispensing information on Massachusetts Schedule II through V controlled substances dispensed pursuant to a prescription. Schedules II through V consist of those prescription pharmaceuticals with recognized potential for abuse or dependence (e.g., narcotics, stimulants, sedatives), and consequently, they are among those most sought for illicit and inappropriate (non-medical) use. The Drug Control Program (DCP) utilizes PMP data to determine prescribing and dispensing trends; provide patient prescription history information to prescribers and dispensers; provide educational information to health care providers and the public; and provide case information to regulatory and law enforcement agencies concerning drug distribution and diversion.
Massachusetts' PMP requires doctors to sign up for and use the state’s prescription monitoring program. Under the PMP, pharmacies and drug manufacturers have to alert local police when they report missing controlled substances to the Drug Enforcement Administration. When a minor is treated for a drug or alcohol overdose at a hospital, a legal guardian must be notified, and resources including a social worker must be provided.
For more information on Massachusetts PMP visit the BSAS Web site.
Guidance on MA Online PMP Automatic Enrollment and Requirements for Utilization