Every State Tracks Opioids, But Only Nebraska Monitors All Prescription Drugs

February 13, 2018

Nebraska is the first state to require reporting of all dispensed prescription drugs to the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program.

Nebraska Health Information Initiative CEO Deb Bass said the move could save lives – not only for those taking opioids, but potentially for anyone prescribed drugs.

“We’re after those adverse medical effects,” Bass said. “Often readmissions are connected to improper medication usage, or they didn’t get their medications filled. They didn’t take the medication as they were supposed to. There are also individuals that have drug-drug interaction and they end up being re-hospitalized.”

The PDMP nationwide initiative took effect Jan. 1, 2018, and other states have also been advancing their health IT efforts to support drug monitoring.

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