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About the Texas PMP

The Texas PMP, managed by the Texas State Board of Pharmacy, collects and monitors outpatient prescription data for all Schedule II, III, IV and V controlled substances dispensed by a pharmacy in Texas. It is sometimes referred to as the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP), Rx AWARE, or PMP AWARxE.

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The Texas PMP is a patient care tool that can be used to inform prescribing practice and to address prescription drug misuse, diversion, and overdose. As the only statewide electronic database that stores all controlled substance information, the Texas PMP helps prescribers and pharmacists avoid potentially life-threatening drug interactions, decide when to make referrals to specialty treatment providers, and identify individuals obtaining controlled substances from multiple health care providers and pharmacies. The Texas PMP shares prescription data with 30 other states/entities, allowing prescribers and pharmacists to track prescriptions dispensed outside of Texas.

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Using a Delegate to Access the Texas PMP

The Texas PMP allows prescribers and pharmacists to designate an unlimited number of delegates to access patient prescription data and generate reports on their behalf. Eligible prescriber delegates include nurses, medical residents, medical assistants, administrative staff, etc. Pharmacists may delegate this responsibility to Pharmacy Technicians. The use of delegates saves time for prescribers and pharmacists, and can be helpful in integrating use of the Texas PMP into your workflow.

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Mandated Use of the Texas PMP

Starting March 1, 2020, prescribers and pharmacists will be required by Texas state law to use the Texas PMP to review a patient’s prescription history before prescribing or dispensing opioids, benzodiazepines, barbiturates, or carisoprodol. Exceptions are made for patients who have been diagnosed with cancer or are receiving hospice care.

Texas-licensed pharmacies are currently required to report all dispensed controlled substances records to the Texas PMP no later than the next business day after the prescription is filled.

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Sign on Before You Sign Off: About the Campaign

The Texas Health and Human Services Commission and the Texas State Board of Pharmacy have partnered to promote meaningful use of the Texas Prescription Monitoring Program, with the ultimate goal of preventing prescription drug misuse and overdose.

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