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Margaret Chase Smith Policy Center, University of Maine

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As part of a Department of Justice, U.S. Attorneys Office grant for the analysis and evaluation of participation in the Prescription Monitoring Program (PMP), the Margaret Chase Smith Policy Center mapped and analyzed spatial patterns of prescriber and pharmacy locations as well as PMP participation, and conducted a survey of licensed prescribers and dispensers of controlled substances in Maine. The PMP, implemented beginning July 1, 2004, monitors all drugs in Schedules II, II, and IV, and any pharmacy that is licensed to dispense prescriptions in or into the state of Maine is required by law to report to the program. Prescribers receive automatic reports from the system about patients who exceed a threshold level of activity: prescribers, dispensers, or prescriptions. In addition, prescribers and pharmacists are encouraged to sign up to use the online system that allows them to check patient activity; participation is voluntary. Not all dispensing is tracked. Hospital inpatient dispensing data and data from veterinarians are not collected. Clinics that offer methadone assisted therapy for addictions do not participate.

On January 5, 2009, the PMP opened a new web portal for their online system and participants were asked to re-enroll. As of June 9, 2009, 149 Data Submitters are registered to submit data for 403 pharmacies; and 1,197 Prescribers and 138 Dispensers of controlled substances in Maine are currently registered with the service to access online information on their own patients.

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