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Important Notice for Illinois Prescribers

New Illinois law will require ALL prescribers with controlled substance licenses to enroll in the Prescription Monitoring Program by January 1, 2018.

Read a summary of the new law.

Check out our case study of two ISMS members who use the PMP to help keep their patients safe. 

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Overview

The Illinois Prescription Monitoring Program (PMP) is an electronic tool that collects information on controlled substance prescriptions, reported on a daily basis by retail pharmacies dispensing in Illinois. Prescribers are urged to use the PMP to enhance their understanding of each patient’s prescription history, combat prescription drug abuse and curb "doctor shopping."

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Enrolling and Using the PMP

There is no cost to enroll or to use the program, which is also integrated into many electronic medical record systems. All prescribers with an Illinois controlled substance license – including physicians, physician assistants, nurses, dentists, and others – must enroll in the PMP.

Furthermore, all prescribers (or their designees) will be required to attempt to check the PMP before writing an initial prescription for a Schedule II opioid; that attempt must be documented in the medical record. Exceptions to this requirement include prescriptions for oncology treatment; palliative care; and acute traumatic medical conditions, when a supply of seven days or less is prescribed in the emergency department.

Need Help?

More information, including FAQs, how-to videos and drug treatment links, can be found on the PMP website at www.ilpmp.org. If you have questions, call the PMP directly at 217-524-1311, send an email to dhs.pmp@illinois.gov, or use the PMP's online question form.

As always, ISMS members can reach out to the ISMS Division of Health Policy Research & Advocacy any time at 800-782-4767 ext. 1470 or hpresearch@isms.org.



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