PDMP Poised for Final Passage

After many years of unsuccessfully trying to pass a Prescription Drug Monitoring Program  (PDMP) through the legislature, HB 1693 is poised for final passage. The bill, sponsored by Rep. Holly Rehder (R-Sikeston), always met stiff resistance in the Senate from senators who had privacy concerns about such a program. This year, however, the senators found a way to move the bill forward.

Instead of having the Department of Health and Senior Services monitor the program, the bill sets up a joint oversight task force made up of pharmacists, physicians and other professions to provide oversight by the private sector. Any information gathered could only be utilized for patient health care services. Additionally, the names of patients would be purged after three years.

The bill has returned from the Senate and is on the House calendar for debate. In order for the bill to be truly agreed and finally passed, the House would have to accept the changes made by the Senate.  Missouri is the only state in the nation that doesn't have a PDMP. Currently, St. Louis County is operating a PDMP which covers about 80% of the state.

May 13, 2020 - 9:25am
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