MOUNT PROSPECT, Ill., March 22, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The National Association of Boards of Pharmacy® (NABP®) is pleased to announce that the prescription monitoring programs (PMPs) of North Dakota, Ohio, and Virginia have entered into agreements to participate in the PMP Interconnect™ system, currently under development. PMP Interconnect will allow PMPs across the United States to be linked, providing a more effective means of combating drug diversion and drug abuse nationwide.
PMPs collect prescription data for controlled substances so that physicians and pharmacists can get a complete picture of patients' controlled substance use. Access to this information plays a great role in early detection of prescription abuse and doctor shopping, to allow appropriate intervention and prevention of substance abuse and possible diversion of controlled substances. Current systems, however, lack interoperability and data sharing among states, making these efforts much more difficult to accomplish and making it easier for doctor shoppers to avoid detection by obtaining prescriptions from doctors and pharmacies in multiple states.
"NABP thanks the North Dakota, Ohio, and Virginia PMPs for being on the forefront of PMP Interconnect with their signing of memorandums of understanding," says NABP President William T. Winsley, MS, RPh. "Participation of PMPs nationwide is a key component of successfully fighting the diversion and abuse of controlled substances. Creating a web of connected PMPs will enhance the benefits of these programs by providing the means for physicians and pharmaci