Frequently Asked Questions

 

Topics:

1. What is the purpose of the program?

2. When did the Oregon PDMP system start?

3. Why is my prescription data being collected?

4. Why was this program started?

5. What prescription information is collected?

6. Which drugs does the Oregon PDMP monitor?

7. Will the program limit access to prescription drugs?

8. Who is required to report data to the Oregon PDMP?

9. Who can access information in the system?

10. Are providers or pharmacists required to access the database?

11. Will law enforcement be looking up my information?

12. Will the system be used to monitor a provider's prescribing practices?

13. Will my PDMP information be safe?

14. Are providers permitted to share information?

15. What if I suspect system information is accessed or used inappropriately?

16. Can I get a copy of my own prescription information?

17. What if I find an error in a patient record?

18. Do other states have a similar program?  Can I access another state's PDMP?

19. Who is paying for the system?

 

What is the purpose of the program?

Oregon's Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP) is a program developed to promote public health and welfare and help improve patient care. The information will aid healthcare providers and pharmacists to better manage patients' prescriptions to improve quality of care. It will also support the appropriate use of prescription drugs.

When did the Oregon PDMP system start?

Data upload procedures began on June 1, 2011. This is when pharmacies were able to create accounts and begin submitting data. Healthcare providers and pharmacists can apply for accounts to access patient information from the PDMP Website.

Why is my prescription data being collected?

The data is being collected so that your provider can give you better health care.

Why was this program started?

The number of deaths related to poisoning in Oregon has increased five-fold since 1990. This increase is mainly due to deaths associated with controlled substance prescription drugs. From 1999 - 2008, more than 1,300 Oregonians died from prescription drug poisonings. For these reasons, Oregon Senate Bill 355 established a PDMP in Oregon when the governor signed the bill into law in July, 2009.

What prescription information is collected?

The information includes: the patient’s name, address, phone number, date of birth, sex, pharmacy and prescriber information, and specific prescription information including the drug name and dosage, when it was prescribed, and when it was dispensed. This is only for prescriptions that are classified as controlled substances Schedules II, III and IV and State of Oregon drugs of interest psuedoephedrine and naloxone.

Which drugs does the Oregon PDMP monitor?

The Oregon PDMP collects data on Schedules II, III and IV controlled substances and State of Oregon drugs of interest psuedoephedrine and naloxone. For a list of these medications and more information, go to http://www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/schedules/.

Will the program limit access to prescription drugs?

No. The program is not intended to prevent people from obtaining needed drugs nor is it intended to prevent healthcare providers from prescribing needed drugs to their patients.

Who is required to report data to the Oregon PDMP?

Retail pharmacies licensed with the Oregon Board of Pharmacy that dispense controlled substances in the state of Oregon, or to an address in the state, are required to electronically report prescription data. Neither hospital inpatient dispensing data nor data from veterinarians is collected.

Who can access information in the system?

Healthcare providers and their authorized staff can access the system, but only for information regarding their own patients. Pharmacists and their authorized staff can access the system, but only for information regarding their own customers.

Are providers or pharmacists required to access the database?

No. Prescribers and pharmacists are not required to use the system. As of July 2018, all prescribers are required to register for an account with the Oregon PDMP, however use remains voluntary.

Will law enforcement be looking up my information?

Law enforcement agencies do not have direct access to the system. Law enforcement officials may request information from the Oregon Health Authority if they have a valid court order/search warrant based on probable cause for an authorized drug-related investigation of an individual. The Drug Enforcement Administration may submit an Administrative Subpoena inlieu of a search warrant or court order.

Will the system be used to monitor a provider's prescribing practices?

Licensing boards may request information from the system, but only related to an investigation of a licensee related to licensure, renewal or disciplinary action. Medical and pharmacy directors may access the system to order to improve the operation of their respective hospital, clinic, or system. 

Will my PDMP information be safe?

The information being gathered is health information protected by Oregon law and is safeguarded in both its collection and distribution. Access to the database is limited to authenticated users who agree to terms and conditions to assure the confidentiality of patient data. Reasonable efforts are made to keep your information private and secure.

Are providers permitted to share information?

Yes. However, this is limited to a healthcare provider sharing information with another healthcare provider who is engaged in an individual patient’s care.

What if I suspect system information is accessed or used inappropriately?

Improper access or disclosure of information should be reported in writing to the Oregon Health Authority (OHA). This may be submitted by postal mail or by email to pdmp.health@state.or.us. The notification should include what information you suspect was inappropriately accessed or used, when and by whom, and why the action is considered inappropriate. OHA’s Information Security Office will investigate the matter.

Can I get a copy of my own prescription information?

Yes. To request a free copy of their report, a patient needs to fill out a record request form and mail it to the program along with a copy of a government-issued photo ID.

What if I find an error in a patient record?

Errors should be first reported to the dispensing pharmacy. Only the dispensing pharmacy is able to correct their records for resubmission to the OR PDMP. PDMP staff will assist patients, and prescribers, who need assistance in working with the dispensing pharmacy to correct a record.

Do other states have a similar program?

Currently all 50 states have laws that authorize the establishment and operation of a PDMP. Oregon allows prescribers in bordering states, Washington, California, Idaho, and Nevada, access to the PDMP if they meet licensure criteria. Oregon also allows non-resident pharmacists with licensure from the Oregon Board of Pharmacy to dispense to Oregon access to the system.

Oregon healthcare professionals are able to access some other states PDMP systems including Washington and California. For information on the Washington PDMP please visit: http://www.wapmp.org/practitioner/pharmacist/

For information on the California PDMP please visit: https://oag.ca.gov/cures

Who is paying for the system?

Healthcare providers and pharmacists are the ones paying for the system. Licensees pay a $25 annual fee included in their boards licensing fees. No general state funds are used. The rationale is that this will be a tool used by health care providers and pharmacists to help provide better patient care.

 

 
 
 
 

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