Mandatory PDMP use related to safer opioid prescribing

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Takeaway

  • Requiring prescribers to reference a prescription drug monitoring program (PDMP) database before prescribing opioids is related to a reduction in drug-seeking behavior, according to research from the National Bureau of Economic Research.
  • Examining Medicare data, the researchers found evidence of fewer drug-seeking behaviors in states where physicians must use the PDMP database to evaluate a patient's prescribing history before deciding whether to prescribe opioids.

Why this matters

  • The researchers took a random 5% sample of Medicare beneficiaries ...