Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2021, $1,369,670)
The Harold Rogers Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP) enhances the capacity of regulatory and law enforcement agencies and public health officials to collect and analyze controlled substance prescription data and other scheduled chemical products through a centralized database administered by an authorized agency.
PDMPs help state and local governments to detect and prevent the diversion and abuse of pharmaceutically controlled substances such as opioids and other prescription drugs. The Harold Rogers PDMP strengthens states and territories ability to plan, implement, or enhance PDMPs by accommodating local decision-making based on state laws and preferences, while encouraging the replication of promising practices. In addition to supporting the implementation and enhancement of PDMPs, the program can support the Administrations priority of tracking prescribing across providers and states through the integration of PDMPs and Electronic Health Records (EHRs) and Health Information Exchanges (HIEs) which are essential to promoting safe and responsible prescribing, while also assuring appropriate pain care.
The applicant will focus on getting a better understanding of the quality of data reported to the Arkansas (AR) PDMP. The specific objectives of this project are to: (1) increase the Arkansas Department of Healths authority to evaluate the controlled substance data reported to the AR PDMP; (2) evaluate the controlled substance data reported by Arkansas dispensers to the AR PDMP; (3) decrease the number of dispensers not in compliance with reporting frequency; and (4) decrease the number of upload errors in the AR PDMP data reported by dispensers.