NABP convenes task force to research PMPs

August 28, 2009

The National Association of Boards of Pharmacy will convene a two-day task force Oct. 28 and October 29 to research various prescription-drug monitoring programs and recommend standards or model rules.

The National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP) will convene a two-day task force Oct. 28 and Oct. 29 to research various prescription-drug monitoring programs (PMPs) and recommend standards or model rules.

The task force came about in response to Resolution No. 105-6-09 calling for its development, which was passed at the NABP 105th Annual Meeting in Miami, Fla. The resolution identifies a need to standardize PMPs, noting that “many of the state boards of pharmacy have enacted varying statutes and regulations and operational systems and standards related to PMPs.”

The task force will review existing PMPs in light of the current language on PMPs found in the Model State Pharmacy Act and Model Rules of the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy, identify for member boards where variations among programs exist, and encourage states to adopt language and standards to provide uniformity in the various PMP programs across the nation, the resolution read.