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Prescription Drug Monitoring Program National Training and Technical Assistance Center

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Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2011, $700,000)

Beginning in FY 2002, Congress appropriated funding to the U.S. Department of Justice to support the Harold Rogers Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP). Prescription monitoring programs help prevent and detect the diversion and abuse of pharmaceutical controlled substances, particularly at the retail level where no other automated information collection system exists. States that have implemented prescription monitoring programs have the capability to collect and analyze prescription data much more efficiently than states without such programs, where the collection of prescription information requires the manual review of pharmacy files, a time-consuming and invasive process.

The grant recipient, in partnership with the Alliance of State Prescription Monitoring Programs (ASPMP), will provide training and technical Assistance (TTA) to the states funded by the Harold Rogers Prescription Drug Monitoring Program. This collaborative effort will build upon the Prescription Monitoring Information Exchange (PMIX) infrastructure enabling states to develop uniform capabilities to ensure the integrity of patient prescription information.

Brandeis University in partnership with The Alliance of States with Prescription Monitoring Programs (ASPMP) will be the PDMP Training and Technical Assistance provider (TTA). PDMPs need assistance to meet the ongoing challenges of realizing their potential, maximizing their effectiveness and coordinating their efforts with other PDMPs and federal partners. Brandeis University and ASPMP propose to support PDMPs by enhancing TTA, providing leadership and coordination to establish interstate data exchange via the PMIX Hub, and providing training and education to practitioners, law enforcement and regulatory agencies and other stakeholders.


Date Created: September 7, 2011