The Massachusetts Prescription Monitoring Program (MA PMP) is a tool that supports safe prescribing and dispensing and assists in addressing prescription drug misuse, abuse and diversion. The MA PMP collects dispensing information on Massachusetts Schedule II through V controlled substances dispensed pursuant to a prescription. Schedules II through V consist of those prescription drug products with recognized potential for abuse or dependence (e.g., narcotics, stimulants, sedatives). Consequently they are among those most sought for illicit and non-medical use. The Drug Control Program (DCP) analyzes the PMP data to determine prescribing and dispensing trends; provide patient prescription history information to prescribers and dispensers; provide educational information to health care providers and the public; and to provide case information to regulatory and law enforcement agencies concerning drug distribution and diversion.

The Department of Public Health’s DCP established the MA PMP in 1992 pursuant to joint regulations (105 CMR 700.012) with the Board of Registration in Pharmacy (247 CMR 5.04). The prescription information is reported electronically to the PMP at least once a week from all Massachusetts community, hospital outpatient and clinic pharmacies as well as from out-of-state mail order pharmacies that deliver to patients in Massachusetts. During fiscal year 2013 pharmacies reported over 12 million prescriptions to the PMP. The Medical Review Group (MRG), comprised of physicians, dentists and pharmacists, evaluate prescription data analyzed by DCP staff and provide peer review of the data and make recommendations to the DCP.

In December, 2010, DCP launched the Massachusetts Online Prescription Monitoring Program. Please see the MA Online PMP website www.mass.gov/dph/dcp/onlinepmp for more information.

DCP has been awarded grants in the past few years from the U.S. Department of Justice to undertake program enhancement initiatives for the MA PMP, which are currently underway.

For general information on PMPs, including programs in other states, see the following website and its link to U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration information on PMPs: www.pmpalliance.org. For additional information on the Massachusetts PMP, please contact DCP at (617) 983-6700.

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This information is provided by the Drug Control Program within the Department of Public Health.