Methampetamine Precursor Electronic Tracking
The 2010 Washington Legislature passed RCW 69.43.110 to restrict the sale and purchase of nonprescription products containing ephedrine, pseudoephedrine, and phenylpropanolamine or their salts or isomers, or salts of isomers. The law:
The Methamphetamine Precursor Electronic Tracking System is NPLEx. More information on the system including access, FAQ, etc can be found at http://www.nplexservice.com/pharmacies.html
Prescription Monitoring Program (PMP)
Legislation in 2007 gave the Department of Health authority to create a Prescription Monitoring Program. The program’s purpose is to improve patient care and stop prescription drug misuse by collecting all the records for schedule II, III, IV, and V drugs. This information is then made available to medical providers and pharmacists as a tool in patient care. The state law creating the program is RCW 70.225.
The program is a patient safety tool. Practitioners will have access to the information before they prescribe or dispense drugs. This will help to prevent overdoses, prevent misuse, and promote referrals for pain management and for treatment of addiction.
The Washington State PMP website is an excellent reference for pharmacists. The site includes a data uploader, videos and resources.
Certification of No Dispensing of Controlled Substances
If your pharmacy does not dispense controlled substances then you do not meet the definition of a dispenser in the law for the PMP. If you do not meet the definition of dispenser, please contact the PMP help desk to receive a form to clarify why you are not reporting, and that you are complying. The help desk email is: firstname.lastname@example.org
Questions? Contact Chris Baumgartner, PMP Director,WA Department of Health at 360.236.4806 or email@example.com.