Maine's Prescription Monitoring Program
Registration Forms for the PMP Web Portal:
For Technical Help
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Toll Free: 1-866-792-3149
The "RxSentry Training Guide for Data Requesters" can help guide you through the steps necessary to run Practitioner/Pharmacist queries.For further technical assistance with logging in or running reports, you can contact the PMP Helpdesk at: 866-792-3149.
NOTICE All licensed individuals in the disciplines listed below must register with the Prescription Monitoring Program by March 1, 2014 (PDF link to Full Notice)
The Department has determined that participation levels among Allopathic Physician, Osteopathic Physician, Dentist, Physician Assistant, Podiatrist, or Advanced Practice Registered Nurse licensed in the State of Maine did not meet statutory participation requirements for the Prescription Monitoring Program. Specifically, fewer than 90% of practitioners were participating in the PMP as of January 1, 2014. As a result, all licensed individuals in the above disciplines must register with the Prescription Monitoring Program by March 1, 2014. See 22 M.R.S. § 7249(5).
Any questions or inquiries should be directed to the PMP office by calling 207-287-2595 or email email@example.com. For any technical or IT questions regarding your registration and log in, please contact our help desk at 1-866-792-3149 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Your cooperation is appreciated by DHHS/Office of Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services/Prescription Monitoring Program.
Overview of the Program
Maine's Prescription Monitoring Program (PMP) is a tool created to prevent and detect prescription drug misuse and diversion, and improve patient care through better coordination of care. PMP maintains a database of all transactions for schedule II, III and IV controlled substances dispensed in the State of Maine. This database is available free online to prescribers and dispensers by the Office of Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services (SAMHS) in the Maine Department of Health and Human Services. Anyone with a DEA number is encouraged to register to request patient reports. The database is searchable online, so it is available anywhere one has Internet access. Clinicians can use the program to check the history of a new patient and to monitor on-going treatment. PMP is another tool clinicians can add to their toolkit for preventing and intervening against misuse and diversion of prescription drugs.
- How it Works
- Request Patient Report
- Patient Threshold Report
- Information for PMP Users
- Survey of Registered PMP Users, 2013 PDF
- Trends in Maine's Prescription Monitoring Data, 2006-2010 (PDF)
- Epidemiological Analysis of 2005-2008 Data (PDF)
- Impact Evaluation of Maine's PMP, 2007 PDF | Word
- Evaluation of the Implementation of Maine's Prescription Drug Monitoring Program, January 2006 Word | PDF
- The state legislature passed a law in 2003 that requires information about all transactions for Schedule II, III, and IV controlled substances dispensed in Maine to be reported to the state government. Pharmacies – both in and out of the state – submit data weekly. The data is then cleaned and added to a relational database. Using patients’ names and birth dates, registered users of the database can log on to the web site at www.maine.gov/pmp to look up their patients online. Clinicians have immediate access to a patient’s history with controlled substances freely available at their fingertips.
- Prescribers and Dispensers (or designated sub account users) can register for the PMP and will receive a username and password to access the secure online database.
- Data requesters can learn about how to use the secure, online database by viewing our Web Course. (To view this course, you must allow the link to open a "Pop-up" window. A PDF version of the Web Course Script is also available.)
- Reports are automatically sent to prescribers when threshold numbers of prescribers and pharmacies have been reached or exceeded by a patient during a given quarter.
SAMHS encourages prescribers to review Patient Threshold Reports to confirm whether or not they wrote the prescriptions shown on the reports. If the report is accurate, prescribers are advised to discuss their concerns with the patient. If one or more records on a report appear to be inaccurate, prescribers are asked to contact the pharmacy listed to get the record in error corrected. Prescribers may also want to keep a copy of the threshold report in the patient's record or chart.
SAMHS's goal is to get patients the treatment they need if they have drug-related problems. Clinicians are asked to assist the patient in finding substance abuse treatment in their area.
Benefits to the Clinicians:
1. Accurate background information on a new patient can be obtained.
2. Current patients can be monitored.
3. Threshold reports provide warnings on patients who may be misusing or diverting prescription drugs and can assist prescribers in coordination of care.
More information about substance abuse treatment services and support groups is available elsewhere on this web site (Find Help).
- Addressing Possible Concerns
Patient confidentiality is carefully protected. Direct access to the database is limited to registered users.
- The "Chilling Effect"
Some people may be concerned that prescribers will be less likely to provide pain medications to those that need them, but programs like this one have actually been shown to have the opposite effect, increasing access to narcotics for people with legitimate pain. SAMHS only gives reports to criminal justice authorities in response to a grand jury subpoena. This program is intended for prevention and intervention for people affected by illicit use of prescription drugs.
- Data Accuracy
SAMHS encourages dispenser pharmacies to be thorough in their record keeping because the reports will only be as good as the data received. Most important, pharmacists should carefully record prescriber DEA numbers when filling prescriptions for controlled substances.
All records are inspected before they enter the database.
Data that needs to be edited is sent back.
- Please feel free to explore the links below and on the left and right sides of this page, call the Office of Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services at 287-2595, or email email@example.com.