Prescription Monitoring Program

Prescription Monitoring Program data collection resumes July 1

Veterinarians that dispense Schedules II, III, IV, and V controlled substances in Washington State, or send such substances to an address in the state, must resume reporting to the WA PMP. Data collection resumes July 1, 2013 and covers data through September 30, 2013, with the first report due October 10, 2013. Reports can be submitted with previously established accounts through Health Information Designs (HID), Inc.

What’s New

As of July 1, 2013

  • Quarterly reporting (used to be weekly)
  • Reporting a greater-than-14-day supply of Schedule II, III, IV and V controlled substances (use to be more than one day supply)
  • Report fewer data fields
  • Submit report electronically or by paper (used to be only electronic)

RCW 70.225, authorized the Washington State Department of Health to establish the Washington State Prescription Monitoring Program. Pharmacies and practitioners that dispense any Schedule II, III, IV, and V controlled substances must report dispensing to the PMP. Mandatory reporting began on October 7, 2011.

RCW 70.225, authorized the Washington State Department of Health to establish the Washington State Prescription Monitoring Program. Pharmacies and practitioners that dispense any Schedule II, III, IV, and V controlled substances must report dispensing to the PMP. Mandatory reporting began on October 7, 2011.

WSVMA’s Substitute Senate Bill 6105 (2012 Legislation) was signed into law on March 29, 2012. The law required the Department of Health to work with the Veterinary Board of Governors to establish alternative data reporting requirements for veterinarians by either electronic or non-electronic methods. Final rules to implement these changes became effective June 28, 2013. The first reporting period for veterinarians under the new rule will be July 1, 2013 to Sept. 30, 2013. The report for this period will be due no later than Oct. 10, 2013 based on the new quarterly schedule outlined in the rule. Veterinarians are required to report the dispensing of controlled substances (Schedule II-V) and drugs identified by the board of pharmacy under WAC 246-470-020, dispensed for more than a fourteen day supply.

Full requirements can be found by reviewing the Veterinarian Dispenser’s Implementation Guide.

Reporting Frequency
Veterinarians must report quarterly using electronic or paper methods, although more frequent reporting is allowed. October 10, 2013 is when the first data submission is due. The report should cover drugs dispensed July 1, 2013 to September 30, 2013. Following reports are due based on this schedule:

Reporting Period:
January-March
April-June
July-September
October-December

Report Due Date:
April 10th
July 10th
October 10th
January 10th

May 2013

Prescription Monitoring Program update
A public hearing on the proposed rules for the revamped Prescription Monitoring Program (PMP) takes place May 8 at the Department of Health headquarters in Tumwater. The proposed rules, put in place following passage of WSVMA’s 2012 legislation SSB 6105, establish alternative PMP data reporting requirements for veterinarians that are related to the animal patient, types of prescriptions that need to be reported, and when the data must be reported.

The proposed rules require quarterly reporting of a fourteen-day supply of Schedule II – IV Controlled Substances through electronic or non-electronic means. Both the WSVMA and the Veterinary Board of Governors have submitted a request to change the requirement to a “greater-than-14-day supply” to provide for more commonly dispensed two-week supplies of certain medications. The proposed rules will also eliminate data requirements that weren’t pertinent to veterinary medicine.

At this time, it’s expected that the rules will take effect July 1, 2013 with the first reporting due October 10, 2013. The first report will cover drugs that are dispensed between July 1 and September 30. Veterinary practices can choose to report more frequently if desired. Stay tuned for complete information to be sent to members via email once the rules are finalized.

June 2012

Prescription Monitoring Program changes effective June 7, 2012

PMP-SigningWSVMA sponsored legislation, Substitute Senate Bill 6105 (2012), successfully passed and was signed into law on March 29, 2012. The law exempts veterinarians from the current Prescription Monitoring Program and requires the Department of Health (DOH), in collaboration with the Veterinary Board of Governors (VBOG), to establish alternative data reporting requirements for veterinarians.

Veterinarians are required to report to the Prescription Monitoring Program only until Thursday, June 7, 2012. A parallel program will be developed over the coming year and the WSVMA will work with DOH and the VBOG to put new rules into place that will allow for the less frequent reporting of a greater supply of drugs. Changes will also include the ability to report manually and only those data elements relevant to veterinary medicine.
DOH encourages the continuation of reporting until the permanent rule is adopted some time in 2013, although it is not required.

For more information, please contact WSVMA at (800) 39-WSVMA or Chris Baumgartner, PMP Program Director, at (360) 236-4806 or [email protected].

The WSVMA wishes to thank our members who helped with passage of this bill. Non-members who like these results, please consider joining the WSVMA and supporting the work we do to advance and protect the practice of veterinary medicine.