News 5 Investigates

May 9, 2014 1:06 AM by Eric Ross

News 5 Investigates: Changes to state prescription drug monitoring system underway

In 2005, Colorado launched its own state-monitoring prescription drug program.

It's supposed to help pharmacists and doctors cut down on prescription drug abuse and fraud by giving them access to a patient's dispensing history.

Here are the facts:
*All pharmacies are required to enter prescriptions they fill into this database.
*Employees with the Department of Regulatory Agencies (DORA) monitor and oversee this system to ensure pharmacies are in-compliance.
*Failing to comply could result in a fine.

However, News 5 uncovered several flaws in the system:
*Doctors or physicians are not required to enter prescriptions they write into the system.
*Nobody is required to investigate and look into a patient's dispensing history. All pharmacies are required to do is enter prescriptions into the system.
*There's no way of knowing whether pharmacies are entering all the prescriptions they fill into the database.
*The system is not updated in real-time. It can take a week or two for new data to be logged.

Changes to the PDMP system were addressed during the 2014 legislative session. On May 5, amendments to the program were approved.

To read more about HB-1283, click on the link below:

For a list of pharmacies who violated program requirements, click on the link below:

Violation Records.pdf




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