In response to serious public health concerns related to prescription drug abuse in Virginia, the General Assembly has passed legislation establishing a state-wide Prescription Monitoring Program. This program collects prescription data for specified drug schedules into a central database, which can then be used by authorized users to promote the appropriate prescribing and dispensing of controlled substances for legitimate medical purposes, while deterring the illegitimate use of these drugs.
As authorized users of the Program, prescribers in RAHC may require information from the Program, on all Schedule II to IV prescriptions, previously dispensed to a patient, in order to establish a treatment history of the patient to assist them in making future treatment decisions.
The information collected in this program is maintained by the Department Of Health Professions, and strict security and confidentiality measures are enforced. Only those persons authorized by law can provide information from the database.