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Maryland Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP)

Last Updated: March 20, 2019

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PDMP Resources 

  1. CRISP Presents: "Understanding the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP) Mandate and Where You Fit In" (Click here to view June 20, 2018's webinar)
  2. PDMP Call Center - Help answer general questions about the PDMP by phone at 410-878-9688 or by email.  The PDMP Call Center was created in partnership between MedChi, Maryland Department of Health, and CRISP to help prescribers meet the July 1, 2018 state-mandated deadline to use the PDMP. (Call Center is open Monday - Friday: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. // Weekends: Please leave a message and a staff member will return your call within two (2) business days // Emails will be returned within two (2) business days.)
  3. CRISP - Help with PDMP website, password resets or other technical questions
  4. Maryland Department of Heath - Details about PDMP, including Mandate Information, Laws and Regulations, Q&A, and more
  5. PDMP Webinar (CME credit) - Help with actions to take where there are signs of abuse and what to do: PDMP Best Practice and Clinical Use
  6. iPrescribe app -  Simple, mobile-friendly app that brings in-workflow easy access to the Maryland PDMP data through CRISP to help healthcare providers meet the upcoming mandate with the full power of e-prescribing at their fingertips — with legend drug and controlled substance prescribing, robust medication history data, and at-a-glance clinical alerts.  *Watch press coverage from WBAL discussing iPrescribe by clicking here.

    iPrescribe app helps physicians with:
  • Over-Prescribing of Opioids - iPrescribe allows physicians to make more informed care decisions with in-workflow access to the patient’s opioid prescription history.
  • Time Savings – The prescribing process is three time faster using iPrescribe’s single prescribing workflow for legend drugs and controlled substances with PDMP access.
  • Compliance - iPrescribe helps providers easily adapt to and comply with evolving EPCS and PDMP requirements with its intuitive, in-workflow, streamlined process. iPrescribe will also validate with CRISP that you have complied with the Maryland PDMP mandate.
  • Patient Medication Non-Adherence - iPrescribe gives providers the ability to see patient-specific drug prices during the visit, and to share that price transparency with patients. 

7.     PDMP Registration Details
8.     PDMP Training Video - Released November 2017 (7.5 minutes) - Provides Maryland medical professionals with information on how to use the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program. Maryland law states that all prescribers and pharmacists are required to be enrolled by July 1, 2017.   Also, prescribers and pharmacists must use the PDMP by July 1, 2018  whenever prescribing any new course of treatment with opioids or other controlled substances, as well as to check the website at least every 90 days, thereafter, if the course of treatment continues.
9.     PDMP Requirements - Program's summary (2-pages) 


PDMP Additional Information

1.     NEW - As Maryland continues to combat the evolving opioid crisis, the Maryland Department of Health (MDH) remains committed to providing prescribers, pharmacists, and their delegates with helpful tools, including optimized use of the Maryland Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP) to drive clinical decision-making. The PDMP collects information about Schedule II-V Controlled Dangerous Substance (CDS) prescriptions dispensed in Maryland and makes these data available to specific end users; a primary goal of the PDMP is to support clinicians and their patients in the safe and effective use of prescription drugs.

In alignment with this goal, MDH is pleased to share the following four educational videos that explain how to effectively use the PDMP as well as identify resources        available for healthcare professionals who have patients in need of any next steps. These video vignettes were created to address priority topics based on feedback  from the provider community:

  • The role of the PDMP as an effective tool for prescribers, pharmacists, and delegates, and a description of the PDMP use mandate as explained by the Maryland PDMP Director.
  • An emergency department physician's experience incorporating PDMP data into real-time decision-making.
  • pharmacist navigating the ‘PDMP Search’ user interface in CRISP, providing helpful search tips and tricks.
  • delegate explaining how to register with and  use the PDMP on behalf of a prescriber or pharmacist

2. Prescription Drug Monitoring Program House Bill 437, Chapter 147, Section 8 Contingency Determinations - Response letter by Gene Ransom, III