Does New Jersey have a Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PMP)?

Is the State of New Jersey monitoring prescribing of drugs like pain killers?

asked 14 Mar '14, 18:54

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Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs are commonly known as "PMP" programs for "prescription monitoring programs".

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Prescription Drugs

Prescription drug monitoring programs document the prescribing of prescription drugs.



Pain killers such as hydrocodone and oxycodone (opioids), and fentanyl and morphene (opiates or semi-synthetic opiates) are Schedule II controlled substances and the focus of many prescription drug monitoring programs.


New Jersey

States are responsible for implementing prescription drug monitoring programs. This question concerns New Jersey's PMP.



Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs are commonly called PMPs. Individual states may refer to their PMPs like "NJPMP" (New Jersey Prescription Monitoring Program)

Statute "45:1-45 Prescription monitoring program; requirements" from the New Jersey Department of Consumer Affairs defining the NJPMP is here:

The "what is" declares this:

What Is The New Jersey Prescription Monitoring Program (NJPMP)?

The New Jersey Prescription Monitoring Program (NJPMP) is an important component of the New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs’ effort to halt the abuse and diversion of prescription drugs.

The NJPMP, established pursuant to N.J.S.A. 45:1-45 et. seq., is a statewide database that collects prescription data on Controlled Dangerous Substances (CDS) and Human Growth Hormone (HGH) dispensed in outpatient settings in New Jersey, and by out-of-state pharmacies dispensing into New Jersey.

Access to the NJPMP is granted to prescribers and pharmacists who are licensed by the State of New Jersey and in good standing with their respective licensing boards. Patient information in the NJPMP is intended to help prescribers and pharmacists provide better-informed patient care. The information will help supplement patient evaluations, confirm patients’ drug histories, and document compliance with therapeutic regimens.

When prescribers or pharmacists identify a patient as potentially having an issue of concern regarding drug use, they are encouraged to help the patient locate assistance and take any other action the prescriber or pharmacist deems appropriate.

The NJPMP also serves as an effective tool for identifying those who fraudulently obtain prescription drugs or are otherwise involved in the criminal diversion of prescription medication.

The information reported to and made available through the NJPMP will help detect individuals who may be "doctor shopping" – visiting multiple doctors to obtain prescriptions for the same medications that they then have filled at different pharmacies, in order to obtain more of the prescribed substance than any one physician or pharmacist would allow.

The NJPMP will also aid in detecting "pill mills" – a doctor's office, clinic, or other healthcare facility that regularly colludes in the prescribing and dispensing of controlled substances outside the scope of the prevailing standards of medical practice, and in violation of New Jersey law on the prescribing and dispensing of controlled substances.

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