The Texas Prescription Monitoring Program 101
Due to the alarming rise in prescription drug abuse, especially among high school students, prescription drug distribution is under increased scrutiny by both federal and state law enforcement. While federal agencies overview controlled substances for prescription from creation to distribution, the current prescription drug problem is most critical at the consumer level. This is important information of which Texas physicians should be aware.
Texas Prescription Program Database
The Texas Prescription Program (TPP) allows Texan physicians the ability to search the prescription database and scan for abuse or multiple prescriptions. The TPP is an important tool for monitoring patient prescriptions and maintaining physician integrity. Properly utilization of the database may assist in protecting diligent practitioners from Texas Medical Board complaints for duplicate prescriptions.
How the Database Works
Use of the database allows physicians the ability to cross-reference what prescription drugs have been recently given by other practitioners to certain patients. The TPP provides physicians defense in double-checking whether or not patients are obtaining prescriptions for the same drugs by other practitioners. Information in the TPP is kept restricted to those professionals, such as health care providers and law enforcement, who are querying a patient’s current prescription use and possible abuse.
Keeping Current Information is a State Requirement
Being allowed access to this monitoring program provides practitioners and pharmacies the chance to make more informed decisions regarding prescriptions. Simultaneously, law enforcement with access to the program can then pinpoint those trying to prescribe or acquire these substances either illegally or for illegal use. The information is required to be kept current by having pharmacists load new information every seven days so that all users of the TPP find useful and up-to-date data.
Important Resource for Physicians
The Texas Prescription Program is not a new program, although the amount and type of prescriptions have changed over the decades in which it has been in effect. The program spans all types of drugs and ages. Moreover, the specific article for teenage abuse is an important step toward eliminating prescription drug abuse.
Ultimately, the TPP is an important tool for physicians to protect themselves. Physicians can access the TPP if they hold a current medical license, DPS number, and DEA prescription license ID.
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If you are a Texas health care professional with questions about how to safeguard your license and medical practice, please do not delay in consulting with a Texas professional license defense attorney. Please contact Oscar San Miguel, Attorney at Law, for an appointment today.