March 1, 2017

Opioid Prescriber Resources

More people died from drug overdoses in 2014 than in any year on record, and the majority of drug overdose deaths involved an opioid. Since 1999, the national rate of overdose deaths involving opioids – including prescription opioid pain relievers and heroin – nearly quadrupled, and over 165,000 people have died from prescription opioid overdoses. Fatal drug overdoses are now the number one method of unnatural death in the Commonwealth. ...

February 21, 2017

The Prescription Monitoring Program (PMP) collects prescription data for Schedule II-IV drugs into a central database accessible to health care professionals. The PMP is maintained by the Department of Health Professions, and strict security and confidentiality measures are enforced. Authorized health care professionals may check the PMP to confirm treatment history and identify a patient that is "prescription shopping" in order to connect them to addiction recovery services.

The...

October 20, 2016

The Virginia Department of Health Professions’ (DHP) Prescription Monitoring Program (PMP) is pleased to announce the launch of its 2016 PMP Education Toolkit to provide news and updates to pharmacists, prescribers, stakeholder groups, news media and the public. Whether you are reporting on the national prescription drug abuse crisis, providing health care services to the public or are a prescriber or pharmacist, the PMP...

September 22, 2016

Virginia’s Prescription Monitoring Program (PMP) is pleased to announce, as of Sept. 8, a new digital feature will allow potential delegates of prescribers to register online to query the PMP database on behalf of their supervising prescriber(s). 

“Prescriber Delegates” maintain their own accounts to access the database and may assist in fulfilling a prescriber’s legal requirements to use the PMP.  This new measure is in place specifically to address the demanding schedules of today’s...

July 12, 2016

As of tomorrow, July 1, 2016, some of the new laws passed during this year’s Virginia General Assembly session will go in effect. Please remember to start following these laws.

Prescription Monitoring Program (PMP)
If you are prescribing a patient a course of opioids that will last longer than 14 days, you now must check the PMP before issuing the prescription, except in the case of these exceptions:

• Non-refillable prescriptions after a surgical or...