Beginning July 1, 2018, Georgia prescribers will be required to check the state's Prescription Drug Monitoring Database before prescribing opiates, benzodiazepines or cocaine derivatives in Schedule II drugs.
This is the third step in HB 249 that was passed in the 2017 legislative sessions. The first steps were:
- Effective July 1, 2017, dispensers will be required to enter prescription information for Schedule II, III, IV, V controlled substances within 24 hours. This will provide prescribers more efficient access to information with less wait time as they make the best clinical decisions possible for their patients.
- All prescribers will be required to register to in the PDMP by January 1, 2018. Currently only about 10 percent of prescribers in Georgia are registered in the PDMP. Prescribers already registered do not need to re-register.
HB 249 aims to help eliminate duplicative prescribing and overprescribing of controlled substances and provide a prescriber or pharmacist with critical information regarding a patient’s controlled substance prescription history and protect patients at risk of abuse.
More information about the Georgia PDMD and requirements for prescribers can be found here.