Understanding and evaluating the performance of PDMPs is among the COE's most important functions. How are PDMPs contributing now in the fight against prescription drug abuse? How can PDMP data best be used to identify and deter prescription drug diversion, assist medical providers in clinical decision-making, monitor prescribing trends, and serve other essential functions? What sorts of operations and outputs can increase PDMP effectiveness? Answers to these questions can help make the case for PDMPs as a valuable resource in public health and drug control.
Evidence for PDMP Effectiveness
PDMPs are proving themselves an effective tool in deterring prescription fraud and doctor shopping, two of the main sources of diverted pharmaceuticals. PDMP data are also widely used by medical providers to improve clinical decision-making, helping to keep patients safe from addiction and overdose. States without PDMPs are at a disadvantage in responding to the prescription drug abuse epidemic. For details, read the Center of Excellence’s Briefing on PMP Effectiveness and see the links on the Effectiveness page.
Evaluations of PDMPs shed light on their usefulness, impact and current limitations, pointing the way toward improvments and innovations. Please see the Evaluation page for links to studies and surveys.
PDMP Best Practices
PDMPs need to be optimized and their user base expanded to fulfill their potential in the fight against prescription drug abuse. The COE has issued a major white paper on PDMP best and promising practices and is producing guidance documents and briefings on practices which evidence suggests have the greatest impact on enhancing PDMP effectiveness. See the Best Practices page for these reports.
PDMP Performance Measures Analysis
The COE conducts analyses of performance measure data reported by PDMPs participating in the Harold Rogers PDMP grant program administered by the Bureau of Justice Assistance. See the COE report on data from January 2009 to June of 2012 and the PDMP Performance Measures Analysis project page.