PDMP Passes House

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A bill that would establish a Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP) passed the Missouri House this week by a vote of 98-56. Under HB 1693, sponsored by Rep. Holly Rehder (R-Sikeston), a pharmacist must send prescription and patient information to the Department of Health and Senior Services for any controlled substance issued to a patient within 24 hours. The information will be confidential.

Missouri is the only state that doesn't have a PDMP. Currently, St. Louis County has a drug monitoring program that covers about 80% of the state. This measure would expand coverage statewide with added protections. Supporters of the bill insisted that a PDMP is the only way to prevent people from shopping around for doctors to fill their narcotic prescriptions. Opponents voiced concerns about privacy and that a PDMP could push users to seek more dangerous drugs like heroin and fentanyl.

The bill now moves to the Senate where it will be heard by the Senate Judiciary Committee.

February 28, 2020 - 10:37am

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