Guthrie welcomes the a new system for tracking prescriptions for controlled substances, including opioids. The PA Department of Health’s Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP) was launched by the Pennsylvania Department of Health on August 25.
PDMP will require all providers to check the online database if the prescriber is prescribing a controlled substance for the first time or suspects abuse. The system is designed as a tool to help providers and pharmacists track their patients’ controlled substance prescriptions and prevent abuse of these drugs. A similar system, iStop, already exists in New York.
Guthrie Robert Packer Hospital Emergency Department Chairman, Marc Harris, D.O. explains, “Having a way to identify drug misuse early is a huge benefit for providers and their patients who battle addiction. This system is one way that providers in Pennsylvania can help combat the epidemic of opioid abuse that we are seeing.”
Pharmacies across the state have been submitting prescription information to the database for the last few months to build up the database. It will continue to grow as the system is used.
A recent community health needs assessment conducted by Guthrie identified opioid abuse as a significant health issue in the communities served by Guthrie. In February of this year, Guthrie installed MedSafe ® drug disposal units for safe, anonymous drug disposal at Guthrie hospitals in Sayre, Pa., Towanda, Pa. and Corning, N.Y.