Georgia Prescription Drug Monitoring Program
Data Submission Requirements
The purpose of this notice is to inform dispensers (as defined by Georgia Code, Title 16, Chapter 13) who dispense any Schedule II, III, IV, or V controlled substances in Georgia or to a patient residing in Georgia that beginning May 15, 2013 dispensers are required to electronically report such dispensing to the Georgia Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (Georgia PDMP). The law establishes the Georgia PDMP for the purpose of reducing of the abuse of controlled substances; improving, enhancing, and encouraging a better quality of healthcare by promoting the proper use of medications to treat pain and terminal illness; and reducing duplicative prescribing and overprescribing of controlled substances practices. The data collected will be used to enhance patient care by providing prescription drug monitoring information that will ensure legitimate use of controlled substances in healthcare, including palliative care, research, and other medical pharmacological uses. Please be aware that initial collection of data will include all data going back to September 1, 2012.
Note: For purposes of this letter, a “dispenser” is a pharmacy that delivers a Schedule II, III, IV, or V controlled substance to the ultimate user.
Prescribers and Pharmacist have access to query the data. For registration information please click the Practitioner / Pharmacist link on the left hand side.
Dispenser Action Required for Compliance
You may create your account beginning April 29, 2013. Complete instructions for creating your account, logging in to the PDMP database, and electronically submitting your data files are located on the Georgia PDMP website www.hidinc.com/gapdmp by clicking the Dispenser link and then the RxSentry Dispensers Implementation Guide link. In order to be ready to start submitting data by May 15, 2013, it is important to begin working with your pharmacy software vendor to make necessary updates by creating an account and begin testing April 29 or as soon as possible thereafter.
Georgia has hired Health Information Designs, LLC (HID) as the Georgia PDMP vendor to develop a prescription database. HID is a nationally-recognized leader in the prescription drug monitoring program and healthcare automation solutions and services industry. If you need technical assistance as you prepare to begin submitting data, please call HID’s Georgia PDMP Helpdesk toll-free at (855) 729.8919 or send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you have any policy-related questions, please e-mail email@example.com or call 404.656.5100 or 800.656.6568. The law which establishes the Georgia PDMP is available online at www.gdna.ga.gov.
Ronnie Higgins, R.Ph.
Georgia PDMP Administrator
This project was supported by Grant No. 2011-PM-BX-0004 awarded by the Bureau of Justice Assistance. The Bureau of Justice Assistance is a component of the Office of Justice Programs, which also includes the Bureau of Justice Statistics, the National Institute of Justice, the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, the Office for Victims of Crime, the Community Capacity Development Office, and the Office of Sex Offender Sentencing, Monitoring, Apprehending, Registering, and Tracking. Points of view or opinions in this document are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the official position or policies of the U.S. Department of Justice.