Senate Committee on Health and Pensions Hears Prescription Drug Monitoring Program Bills

On Wednesday, the Senate Committee on Health and Pensions heard testimony on two prescription drug monitoring program (PDMP) bills. SB 74, sponsored by Senator Rob Schaaf (R-St. Joseph), and SB 231, sponsored by Senator Dave Schatz (R-Sullivan) would both create a PDMP in Missouri, but would have different regulations.

The Missouri Catholic Conference is in support of SB 231. The bill would create a PDMP in Missouri, allowing physicians, pharmacists and other prescribers to view a patient’s prescription history. Supporters of SB 231 say this PDMP would allow Missouri to begin to combat the serious opioid addiction problem in the state by stopping “doctor shoppers” from obtaining large quantities of opioids from different prescribers. SB 74 would require all information be erased from the PDMP every 180 days.

By allowing prescribers to monitor a complete prescription drug history, meaning records are not purged after a certain amount of time, they are able to not just limit “doctor shopping,” but are also able to identify patients who may have long-term struggles with addiction. We will keep you updated on the progress of these two bills throughout the session.