What is the goal of the PDMP?

Knowledge Library published on March 15, 2013 in Practice
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Kathryn L. Hahn, PharmD, DAAPM, CPE
Affiliate Faculty
Oregon State University College of Pharmacy
Springfield, Oregon
Hi. I am Kathy Hahn. I am a community pharmacist and I have been specializing in pain management for the last 20 years or so. I am in Eugene, Oregon and I am affiliate faculty at Oregon State University School of Pharmacy and I am also on the board of directors for the American Academy of Pain Management. The goal of the PDMP, at least for us, is to be able to look up a patient that you have that is on controlled substances and, most of the time for us, it is to make sure that the patient is doing what you expect them to do, that they have 1 or 2 doctors usually, are going to you as a pharmacy and making sure that there are no surprises. Now, on the alternative side, if you are going to find somebody that is doctor shopping, you are going to see multiple doctors and multiple pharmacies, and this is an excellent way of finding out if your patient is doing what you think they should be doing.
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