PDMP Passes House Committee

prescription drugs

By a vote of 16-1, the House Insurance Policy Committee passed a bill that would create a Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP). HB 1693, sponsored by Rep. Holly Rehder (R-Sikeston), would establish a statewide program through the Department of Health to monitor narcotic drug use in the state. Missouri is the only state in the nation that does not have a PDMP in place. Some counties have taken it upon themselves to monitor prescription drug use, with about 80% of the counties currently covered under this program.

The MCC, along with numerous other groups, testified in favor of the bill, stating that a statewide PDMP would decrease the number of people "doctor shopping" to get drugs. Opponents raised privacy concerns about having a statewide database. The bill now goes to the House Rules Committee for further debate.

January 31, 2020 - 3:49pm
Categories: 

Latest Posts

Governor Parson Announces $176 Million in Spending Cuts for FY 2020

This week, Governor Mike Parson announced $176 million in spending cuts for the remainder of FY 2020, which ends June 30, as a...Read more

Missouri Legislature to Return Next Week to Address Supplemental Budget Bill

The Missouri legislature is expected to return to Jefferson City next week to take up and pass the supplemental budget bill passed several weeks...Read more

Federal Government to Provide Expanded Unemployment Insurance During COVID-19 Outbreak

The federal government has recently made significant changes to unemployment assistance during the coronavirus outbreak, increasing the benefits and broadening who is eligible. While...Read more
Subscribe to Blog
  •  
  • 1 of 146