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

State Executes Walter Barton

Despite pleas from thousands of individuals and numerous organizations, the State of Missouri executed Walter Barton on Tuesday evening. The execution took place...Read more

Bill Implementing Work Requirements for Medicaid Recipients Fails at Session End

As the 2020 state legislative session wound down, one issue that gained some last-minute attention was a proposed constitutional amendment that, if approved...Read more

PDMP Legislation Fails Again

When we sent out the last MCC Weekly Update, the fate of the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP) legislation was in question as...Read more

Subscribe to Blog
  •  
  • 1 of 164