Prescription Drug Monitoring Program Models

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Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs (PDMPs) are statewide databases that track the filling and dispensing of certain prescription drugs in an effort to control opioid addiction. The database securely stores patients’ prescription information to monitor abuse or misuse. Practitioners, such as physicians, pharmacists, and physician-extenders are alerted by the system if any suspicious activity is detected. The intent of these databanks is to reduce inappropriate prescribing by doctors and to deter illegal behavior, such as “doctor shopping.” Doctor shopping occurs when an individual visits multiple physicians to obtain prescriptions that are not clinically necessary. It is a common practice among people who are addicted to prescription drugs and those who obtain drugs illegally for resale.