This week the House of Representatives gave first round approval to a drug monitoring program to help curb the opioid epidemic in Missouri. Sponsored by Rep. Holly Rehder (R-Sikeston), HB 90 would establish an electronic registry to allow doctors and pharmacists to ensure patients are not “doctor shopping” in order to get more prescription drugs than they need.
Missouri is currently the only state in the nation not to have such a monitoring program, commonly known as PDMP. House members approved one amendment that would require pharmacies to report prescriptions filled within 24 hours to help monitor whether a person had recently filled a similar prescription.
The MCC supports HB 90 as a way to address opioid abuse. The bill needs one more vote of approval before it moves to the Senate.