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Health IT Now Urges PDMP Improvements to Aid Fight Against Opioid Abuse

WASHINGTON, DC (July 11, 2017): Health IT Now – a broad-based coalition of patient groups, provider organizations, employers, and payers supporting health information technology to improve patient outcomes – submitted a comment letter today in response to the FDA’s public workshop, “Training Health Care Providers on Pain Management and Safe Use of Opioid Analgesics—Exploring the Path Forward.”

As Health IT Now notes in its letter, deaths from prescription drug abuse have outpaced those from cocaine and heroin combined in the last 14 years. To help address this epidemic, the coalition endorses reforms proposed by the National Council for Prescription Drug Programs (NCPDP) to create an integrated, standardized set of prescription drug monitoring programs (PDMPs) that will enable the exchange of information across states, offer a comprehensive picture of prescribing and dispensing patterns, and put timely and accurate information in the hands of those prescribing and dispensing the medications. 

The letter reads in part: “Utilizing existing interoperable standards that are employed throughout the industry today will ensure seamless implementation for providers by bringing PDMP information into their workflow and provide for the exchange of PDMP information in real-time at both the point of prescribing and dispensing.” 

Read the full Health IT Now letter to FDA HERE

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About Health IT Now: Health IT Now (HITN) is a broad-based coalition of patient groups, provider organizations, employers, and payers that supports incentives to deploy health information technology to improve care, patient outcomes, and to lower costs. Learn more at www.healthitnow.org.
 

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