After years of dying on the Senate floor due to filibuster attempts, legislation to create a prescription drug monitoring program (PDMP) has ultimately passed the Missouri Senate and is one step closer to becoming law.
Senator David Sater’s (R) Senate Bill 63 was approved by the Senate and referred to the House for further review. The bill would establish the Prescription Drug Monitoring Act and change the laws regarding the prescribing and dispensing of controlled substance. The act would require the Department of Health and Senior Services to establish and maintain a program to monitor the prescribing and dispensing of all Schedule II through Schedule IV controlled substances by all licensed professionals who prescribe or dispense these substances in Missouri. The person dispensing the drugs would then be required to electronically submit to the department information for each prescription.
“Missouri is the only state that does not have this program in place,” Brian Bunten, general counsel for the Missouri Chamber, said. “If Missouri has a central prescription drug monitoring program, it would block criminals from other states coming to our state to fill multiple prescriptions and “doctor shop”. A Missouri PDMP will drive down the costs associated with prescription drug abuse for Missouri’s employers. This is common-sense legislation.”
The act would also require all submitted prescription information to be kept confidential with specified exceptions. The department would then review the information and, if there is reasonable cause to believe a violation of law or breach of professional standards may have occurred, they would then notify law enforcement.
Rep. Holly Rehder (R) sponsors a similar bill that has been passed by the House (HB 130) and referred to the Senate for review.