GCMB to begin disciplining physicians who haven’t registered with PDMP
The Georgia Composite Medical Board (GCMB) says that beginning this week it will take disciplinary action against prescribing physicians who have failed to register with the Georgia Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP).
The Georgia PDMP requirements went into effect on July 1, which means that every prescriber who has a DEA number is now required to check the PDMP before they prescribe opiates or cocaine derivatives that are listed as Schedule II drugs or benzodiazepines.
State law allows prescribers to delegate their authority to check the PDMP to up to two staff members.
According to the Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH), delegates may “only use PDMP data for the purpose of providing medical care or to inform the prescriber of a patient’s potential use, misuse, abuse or underutilization of a prescribed medication.”
PDMP delegates must be 1) a licensed dentist, dental hygienist, optometrist, physician, physician’s assistant or podiatrist (under Title 43 of the state code) or 2) a licensed pharmacist or pharmacist intern or registered as a pharmacist technician (under Title 26 of the state code) or they must 3) complete the following…
– Pass the online “Georgia Prescription Drug Monitoring Database: Understanding Your Responsibilities” training course with a score of at least 70
– Receive instruction on the prescriber or dispenser’s PDMP security policy
– Sign a DPH ‘responsibility statement’ that must be placed in the delegate’s personnel file
It is also worth noting that individuals who have been convicted (i.e., pleaded guilty or nolo contendere) of any criminal offense involving illegal drug use, possession, trafficking or sale is not eligible to serve as a PDMP delegate. However, individuals who have been exonerated (i.e., they were discharged pursuant to Title 42, Chapter 8, Article 3 of the state code or pardoned) are eligible to serve as a PDMP delegate.
Call 404.463.1517 with questions related to PDMP registration.
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Click for Georgia PDMP ‘Understanding Your Responsibilities’ training course and responsibility statement
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