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Drug monitoring exemptions no longer necessary

The Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services (DSPS) is no longer requesting physicians and other health care professionals who do not dispense monitored prescription drugs to submit an exemption application for the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP). The PDMP and corresponding state law (2009 Wisconsin Act 362) require physicians and other health care professionals who dispense controlled substances II-V and Tramadol to collect and submit data to the PDMP. (The DSPS previously stated that exemption applications were requested by January 31, 2013.)

The DSPS also announced an optional temporary data collection form that dispensers may use until the PDMP becomes operational. Full implementation has been delayed while the state continues negotiations with the PDMP vendor; however, dispensers will be required to submit their data to the PDMP retroactive to January 1, 2013. Additional information about the temporary data collection form and the change in exemption requirements is on the DSPS website.

When fully operational, the new statewide program will allow physicians, pharmacists and other health care professionals to monitor and access information regarding their patients’ use of prescription controlled substances through the centralized system. Partial implementation began January 1.

The responsibility for submission of data likely will fall upon the pharmacist and not physician, although this is not always the case. According to a brochure about the PDMP, “ … A practitioner does not dispense a drug and, therefore, does not need to submit information to the PDMP when: 1) he or she administers the drug to a patient within the office or medical facility; or, 2) he or she merely writes a prescription order to be filled elsewhere.” A practitioner is, however, considered a dispenser when he or she gives a patient samples or other medication to consume outside of the office or medical facility.

Updates and other details about the PDMP, including what information must be submitted, are on the DSPS website. For more information, e-mail Chris Rasch in the Society’s Government Relations Department.

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