Columbia joins prescription drug monitoring program

2 years 7 months 1 week ago Tuesday, March 07 2017 Mar 7, 2017 Tuesday, March 07, 2017 4:25:00 PM CST March 07, 2017 in News
By: Madeline McClain, KOMU 8 Reporter
loading

COLUMBIA - Next month Columbia's health care providers can start tracking a patient's prescription records.

Columbia's City Council approved an ordinance to join St. Louis County's prescription drug monitoring program Monday night. St. Louis County has its own PDMP managed by Appriss, Inc.

The program is a database where pharmacies and other health care providers log prescriptions on a daily basis. It helps health care professional track patients who might be "doctor shopping" — when a patient collects duplicative prescriptions from doctors. The program monitors all prescriptions for Schedule II, III, and IV controlled substances.

The County's program also allows other municipalities and jurisdictions to use St. Louis' database. Other counties and cities who have already joined include St. Louis City, Kansas City, St. Charles County and Cole County. Jefferson City also voted to participate in the program at its city council meeting Monday night.

St. Louis County PDMP Participating Counties and Cities

County Ordinance Effective Dates
St. Louis County 26352 3/1/2016
St. Louis City 70277 5/31/2016
St. Charles County 16-070  9/26/2016
Jackson County 4912 1/1/2017
Ste. Genevieve County 11-17-16 11/17/2016
City of Independence 16-122 1/1/2017
Kansas City 160831 12/1/2016
Cole County 1/31/17 1/31/2017
Lincoln County 0227201701 2/27/2017
Stoddard County 03-06-2017 3/06/2017
Jefferson City   3/07/2017
Columbia   3/07/2017

Source: http://www.stlouisco.com/HealthandWellness/PDMP

 

According to the ordinance, within seven days of a health care professional prescribing a schedule II, III, IV drug, the patient's information must be added to the database. Eric Stann, who works for Boone County Public Health and Human Services said although pharmacists are required to log information, other health care providers will have the option to participate.

The effectiveness of the program is limited by the patchwork of participating cities and counties. Eric Stann, who works for Boone County Public Health and Human Services said the city or county must be part of the network to use the database. Stann said without a statewide program there will still be some blind spots.

Missouri is the only state without a PDMP.

Opponents of a statewide program cite privacy concerns including Republican Sen. Rob Schaaf of St. Joseph. The opposition has been successful at blocking a statewide PDMP in the last six legislative sessions. There are three proposals floating through the Missouri legislature. One bill SB 74, sponsored by Schaaf, has already passed in the Senate and had its second read in the House of Representatives Monday.

But while Missouri lawmakers debate the details, Columbia officials are moving forward. 

"I mean this would be better done at the state level but they have been mired in nonsense while people have been dying," Michael Trapp, second ward city councilman, said. "It's just a long list of the state being absent on critical issues that are meaningful to Columbia residents."

If the state does eventually adopt its own program, the contract includes a provision on how the programs will transition, Stann said. The contract also outlines the costs of joining the database — $26,443.41 for the first two years. St. Louis County is applying for a federal grant that could cover the first two years of the program. But if funding is not approved, the first bill will be due later this year and will be added to the 2018 budget, Stann said

Stan said the health department will present the program to the Boone County Commission next. Northern District Commissioner Janet Thompson said the main purpose of the Commission voting to join St. Louis County would be to show support for the program. 

Data submission starts April 10 and the PDMP goes live for users April 25.

  

More News

Grid
List
MARSHALL - The suspect in a pair of shootings in early October has been caught out of state, police announced... More >>
6 hours ago Friday, October 18 2019 Oct 18, 2019 Friday, October 18, 2019 9:10:00 PM CDT October 18, 2019 in News
CALIFORNIA - A man heard his sentence on Friday after killing a 20-year-old three years ago for drunk driving. ... More >>
9 hours ago Friday, October 18 2019 Oct 18, 2019 Friday, October 18, 2019 6:31:00 PM CDT October 18, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - Below are scores from football games around mid-Missouri. Final scores are in bold. ... More >>
9 hours ago Friday, October 18 2019 Oct 18, 2019 Friday, October 18, 2019 6:06:00 PM CDT October 18, 2019 in Friday Night Fever
COLUMBIA —The University of Missouri issued a statement Friday that the MU Department of Theatre was "in error" when it... More >>
9 hours ago Friday, October 18 2019 Oct 18, 2019 Friday, October 18, 2019 5:52:00 PM CDT October 18, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - Friday Night Fever’s Week 8 Game of the Week features a dominant Helias (6-1) visited by a surging... More >>
10 hours ago Friday, October 18 2019 Oct 18, 2019 Friday, October 18, 2019 5:44:00 PM CDT October 18, 2019 in Friday Night Fever
COLUMBIA — The True False Film Festival and Ragtag Cinema are dissolving their relationship with Columbia church The Crossing. Cinema... More >>
10 hours ago Friday, October 18 2019 Oct 18, 2019 Friday, October 18, 2019 5:33:00 PM CDT October 18, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - Springfield Mayor Ken McClure hosted a group for a strategy session that included Governor Mike Parson in October.... More >>
11 hours ago Friday, October 18 2019 Oct 18, 2019 Friday, October 18, 2019 4:18:00 PM CDT October 18, 2019 in News
KANSAS CITY - The extent of Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes' leg injury sustained during the team's Thursday night... More >>
12 hours ago Friday, October 18 2019 Oct 18, 2019 Friday, October 18, 2019 3:07:00 PM CDT October 18, 2019 in Sports
JEFFERSON CITY - A damaged downtown Jefferson City building is scheduled for demolition, but the owners have filed an appeal... More >>
13 hours ago Friday, October 18 2019 Oct 18, 2019 Friday, October 18, 2019 2:26:00 PM CDT October 18, 2019 in Continuous News
COLUMBIA - A drug company's decision is causing new worries for the families of children with cancer. Vincristine, a... More >>
13 hours ago Friday, October 18 2019 Oct 18, 2019 Friday, October 18, 2019 1:55:00 PM CDT October 18, 2019 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - Jefferson City Police investigated a threat at Thomas Jefferson Middle School on Friday. TJMS sent out... More >>
14 hours ago Friday, October 18 2019 Oct 18, 2019 Friday, October 18, 2019 1:27:00 PM CDT October 18, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - A woman is dead after a car crash on Highway 63 in Columbia on Thursday afternoon. Columbia... More >>
15 hours ago Friday, October 18 2019 Oct 18, 2019 Friday, October 18, 2019 11:57:00 AM CDT October 18, 2019 in Top Stories
COLUMBIA - Leaders from several organizations from around Boone County gathered Friday to talk about various county-wide goals. The... More >>
16 hours ago Friday, October 18 2019 Oct 18, 2019 Friday, October 18, 2019 11:10:00 AM CDT October 18, 2019 in Top Stories
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Authorities are investigating a triple homicide in a Kansas City neighborhood. Police spokesman... More >>
16 hours ago Friday, October 18 2019 Oct 18, 2019 Friday, October 18, 2019 11:01:00 AM CDT October 18, 2019 in Continuous News
COLUMBIA - A man was arrested Thursday evening after police found dangerous drugs during a routine traffic stop. The arrest... More >>
23 hours ago Friday, October 18 2019 Oct 18, 2019 Friday, October 18, 2019 4:29:00 AM CDT October 18, 2019 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - The fifth annual Project Homeless Connect begins Friday. The event provides support for those experiencing homelessness,... More >>
1 day ago Friday, October 18 2019 Oct 18, 2019 Friday, October 18, 2019 3:23:00 AM CDT October 18, 2019 in Top Stories
COLUMBIA - Sixteen Columbians will travel to Columbia's Japanese sister city, Hakusan City, to reaffirm the relationship between the two... More >>
1 day ago Friday, October 18 2019 Oct 18, 2019 Friday, October 18, 2019 2:29:00 AM CDT October 18, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA — After a controversial sermon at The Crossing on Sunday, the LGBTQ community is calling for those involved to... More >>
1 day ago Thursday, October 17 2019 Oct 17, 2019 Thursday, October 17, 2019 7:41:00 PM CDT October 17, 2019 in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 52°
4am 50°
5am 50°
6am 49°
7am 49°