This week Governor Parson signed SB 63, which creates a statewide prescription drug monitoring program (PDMP). Governor Parson said, "SB 63 will help provide necessary information to health care professionals and empower them to make decisions that better serve their patients and assist in fighting the opioid epidemic."
SB 63, sponsored by Senator Holly Rehder (R-Sikeston), limits access to private prescription information to medical professionals, specifically prohibits the information from being used to deny firearm purchases and includes a rolling purge of the data every three years. The program will be administered by a task force of health care professionals.
Before the passage of this bill, Missouri was the only state that did not have a PDMP. The St. Louis County Department of Public Health had been operating a PDMP that included 75 participating jurisdictions and covered 85 percent of the state. It will be required to cease operation after the statewide PDMP program is available for use.