On Saturday, October 15, 2016, new state law will become effective that includes new requirements to utilize the Massachusetts Prescription Awareness Tool (MassPAT), the new online Prescription Monitoring Program (PMP). Please make sure you are prepared for the new requirements.
• A registered individual practitioner must utilize MassPAT each time the practitioner issues a prescription to a patient for any Schedules II and III narcotic drug.
• Prescribers must continue to check MassPAT the first time they prescribe to a patient a benzodiazepine or any controlled substance in Scheduled IV or V which the Department has designated in guidance as a drug that is commonly abused and may lead to dependence. At this time, there are no drugs that have received this designation.
For more information on all Scheduled drugs, please visit the DEA Website.
For more information on MassPAT, and the PMP, please visit the PMP website.
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