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The topic is ” Support Legislation to reduce the cost of Prescription Drugs in New York

Policy Brief

Student Nurse Practitioner

Support New Hampshire?s Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP) with action now!
?Support legislation for continuation of SB 286
?Support legislation for reliable, sustainable funding for the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP) from fees assessed to pharmaceutical companies.

?We would be in a lot of trouble without it. It is absolutely an essential part of managing pain patients today.
The incidence of drug abuse in this country is epidemic?
Dr. David Kloth, past president and executive director of Connecticut Pain Society on Connecticut?s prescription monitoring program i

Keep pain medications in the hands of the suffering and stop the abuse, misuse, and diversion!

Summary
SB 286 New Hampshire?s Controlled Drug Prescription Health and Safety Program was enacted in 2012 in response to a significant problem with the abuse, misuse and diversion of controlled prescription drugs. SB 286 calls for the program to be prospectively repealed on September 1, 2015. This essential program needs to continue and be supported with a reliable, sustainable funding source.

On October 16, 2014 New Hampshire became the 49th state to launch a Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP). Prescribers can now log into the system and access prescription data for their patients. It is a major step toward addressing substance abuse problems plaguing the state. ii
Action is needed now by N.H. Legislators to ensure this essential program continues. We have come too far to turn back now! Support the continuation of our state?s PDMP with legislation to repeal the repeal clause in SB 285 and to protect this program by providing funding.
Act now to save this essential program!

?In 2006, New Hampshire?s prescription drug deaths surpassed traffic deaths.
?Misuse of prescription drugs causes over 100 deaths annually in New Hampshire.
?Prescription drugs cause many unnecessary visits to health care providers and emergency rooms.

Support the people writing the prescriptions!
Stop the diversion of the drugs by providing the New Hampshire prescribers (doctors, nurse practitioners, physician?s assistants, and others prescribers) with the tools they need to safely prescribe prescription pain medications. The PDMP is used by prescribers to track patient?s use of controlled pain prescriptions. The goal of this program is to curb prescription drug abuse by allowing doctors and other prescribers to see more details about a patient?s prescription history. This can alert doctors and other prescribers to patients who may be doctor shopping to obtain prescription drugs or may be diverting drugs for profit. The PDMP can also be used to monitor prescribers who are inappropriately prescribing narcotics. The PDMP tracks schedule II, II, and IV prescription drugs and includes such drugs such Ritalin, Adderall, OxyContin, Vicodin, Valium, and Ativan. The New Hampshire Board of Pharmacy oversees the PDMP.
Current Status of Funding
SB 286 states no state general funds will be appropriated for the implementation or operation of the program. Funding for the program was to be supported by grants, gifts, or user contributions.
Funding needed to get the PDMP operational was obtained from a $400,000 federal grant (Hal Rodger?s Grant). This money will fund the PDMP for the next two years iii The Executive Council working under the direction of the State Board of Pharmacy has awarded a contract to a third party vendor, Health Information Designs, LLC for S333,569 for the implementation and operation of the electronic PDMP. Annual operating costs of state run PDMPs vary widely from $125,000 to nearly $1.0 million with the average annual cost of about $500,000.iv New Hampshire?s annual cost of operation is estimated at $150,000. After this there is no funding allocated to maintain the program. Uncertain funding makes it difficult to sustain the program, enhance operations, or achieve the full potential of the PDMP.
A clear funding source must be found!
Funding Options Include: Grants
General Revenue Fund Licensing Fees Prescription Fees Pharmaceutical fees

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