Study: Drug Monitoring Programs Have Added Benefit of Improving Patient Safety

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A new study in Health Affairs found that state prescription drug monitoring programs designed to help law enforcement identify illegal activity have the added benefit of improving patient safety and quality of care.

Forty-four states currently have some form of drug monitoring program in place. The study's authors, who analyzed peer-reviewed published literature and government documents on drug monitoring programs, found that the programs are increasingly used by healthcare providers to inform prescribing decisions, thereby improving patient safety and quality of care.

The authors noted, however, that increased standardization of the programs and interstate cooperation is needed to improve the efficacy of these programs.

More Articles on Drug Monitoring Programs:

Overprescribing and Medical Board Enforcement: How to Avoid Discipline
ONC to Pilot Prescription Drug Monitoring Program in Ohio and Indiana
Kentucky to Share E-Prescribing Data With Other States to Curb Drug Abuse

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