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Four more states join NABP PMP InterConnect network

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MOUNT PROSPECT, Ill. — Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York and Texas have linked to the PMP InterConnect prescription monitoring program data-sharing system administered by the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP) and technology partner Appriss Health.

With the addition of four states, NABP PMP InterConnect now has 37 states sharing PMP data over the network to combat prescription drug abuse. More states are slated to join the system soon, NABP said. (See map below.)

“As states continue to join this system, authorized physicians and pharmacists will have access to more comprehensive information about prescription histories allowing them to make more informed medical decisions,” NABP president Hal Wand said in a statement. “PMP InterConnect is a unique system that can help health care practitioners identify potentially problematic trends with prescription drugs so problems can be addressed early.”

A secure communications exchange platform, PMP InterConnect facilitates the transmission of PMP data across state lines to authorized requestors, while ensuring that each state’s data-access rules are enforced. It is processes more than 3.9 million requests and 8.2 million responses monthly for consolidated multistate PMP reports.

PMP InterConnect, which went live in 2011, was designed to enable authorized health professionals to obtain information about patients’ controlled substance prescriptions across states, providing a more complete view of patient records to combat drug diversion and drug abuse.

“We’re excited about the growth and response to PMP InterConnect,” Wand added. “Our goal is to reach every state with a PMP to guarantee a true connection across our country in an effort for greater medical knowledge and our patients’ safety.”

More than 55 million people from Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York and Texas are now covered by PMP InterConnect. Over the past few months, these states updated their PMP software and tested their systems to ensure full functionality with the network and compliance with their own data standards, NABP said.

The new states participants will also be represented on the network’s governing body, which determines the strategic, technical and operational evolution of PMP InterConnect. Each state can use the system free of charge in compliance with their own laws. For example, Massachusetts sent more than 625,000 requests to 21 states in its first month of operations with PMP InterConnect, according to NABP.

“The fight against prescription drug abuse is one of our top public health concerns,” stated Allison Vordenbaumen Benz, director of professional services for the Texas State Board of Pharmacy. “We have joined the InterConnect program because it will ensure our public health professionals secure access to information that can have a positive impact on the health of our local communities.”

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