Prescription Drug Monitoring Program
The 2005 North Dakota Legislative Assembly authorized the implementation of a Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP), in the North Dakota Century Code chapter 19-03.5 and rules of the Board of Pharmacy. The intent of the program is to protect the public from drug diversion and misuse through encouraging cooperation and coordination among state, local and federal agencies. Specific initiatives include early identification of individuals involved in diversion or abuse of controlled substances and the education of the public, prescribers, pharmacists, and law enforcement. An advisory council consisting of prescribers, pharmacists and law enforcement, appointed by their individual boards, determines how the program can best improve patient care and reduce the misuse of controlled substances. Sharing of patient profiles between healthcare providers has been approved when a patient is receiving care from multiple prescribers and dispensers.
The PDMP is a secure and HIPAA-compliant online database of all Schedule II, III, IV, and V controlled substances dispensed in the state of North Dakota or for patients residing in North Dakota. All controlled substance prescriptions dispensed for a North Dakota resident are transferred to the PDMP data repository by the dispenser on a daily basis. All out-of-state pharmacies licensed with the North Dakota Board of Pharmacy also submit data on controlled substance prescriptions dispensed for North Dakota residents.
The PDMP can be utilized by healthcare workers, law enforcement, and the public. For questions on use of the program, visit the Frequently Asked Questions page. All qualified Practitioners, Pharmacists, and Licensed Addiction Counselors may access profile information on their individual patients through an online Direct Access Account. Law enforcement or professional agencies conducting an investigation may request a patient profile by faxing a Request Form to 701-877-2405.
Cooperation between all entities should help facilitate patient therapy improvement and ensure the health and safety of the citizens of our state and region.