NABP PMP InterConnect Processes One Millionth Request, Assists in Preventing Prescription Drug Abuse and Diversion

Topics: Diversion and Prescription drug abuse

With one million requests processed as of January 2013, NABP PMP InterConnect®, the system that facilitates the secure transfer of prescription monitoring program (PMP) data across state lines to authorized users, continues to help prevent the diversion and abuse of prescription drugs. The NABP InterConnect allows authorized users in participating states to request patients’ controlled substance prescription data and receive a consolidated patient report including data from other participating states’ PMPs. Sharing prescription drug data among states is an effective tool for reducing prescription drug abuse and doctor shopping and is a key element for early detection, intervention, and prevention of substance abuse by patients as well as diversion of controlled substances by health care providers.

The NABP InterConnect is a highly secure communications exchange platform that facilitates the transmission of PMP data across state lines to authorized requestors, while ensuring that each state’s data-access rules are enforced. Authorized users in 10 states – Arizona, Connecticut, Indiana, Kansas, Michigan, New Mexico, North Dakota, Ohio, South Carolina, and Virginia – are now sharing data through the NABP InterConnect. Ten additional states have signed memorandums of understanding (MOU) to participate in NABP InterConnect, and five states have MOUs under review. It is anticipated that approximately 25 states will be sharing data or will have executed an MOU to participate in NABP InterConnect in 2013. In addition, pilot programs in several states have been implemented with the aim of making PMP data more easily accessible to authorized providers at the point of care. More information on such pilots is available on page 33 of the February 2013 NABP Newsletter (PDF).