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Prescription Drug Monitoring Program: District of Columbia Profile (2021)

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The Prescription Drug Monitoring Program Training and Technical Assistance Center (PDMP TTAC) reports 2020 data and 2021 features of the District of Columbia’s (DC’s) PDMP.



The acronym for DC’s PDMP is DC PDMP. which is managed by the Pharmaceutical Control Division of the Department of Health. The email address is provided along with the URLs for the general website and websites for registering, queries, data upload, statistics, opioid dashboard, statute/regulation, and opioid guidelines. Contact information is provided for the Interim Program Manager of the Pharmaceutical Control Division. For 2020, DC’s population was 689,545, and there were 10,536 DEA-registered prescribers and 162 DEA-registered dispensers. Eight data transmitters are listed.  Substances monitored are drugs listed in Schedules II-V. A total of 22 available PDMP reports are listed. Categories of authorized PDMP users are listed. Engaged PDMP users encompass drug dispensers, law enforcement agencies, and prescribers. The total annual budget for 2021 is $700,000. Funding sources are a CDC grant, the Regulatory Board Fund, and licensing fees. The staff includes four employees in operations, one performing technical operations, and one performing analytical tasks. Technologies involved in the PDMP are listed. Patient matching consists of both exact and probabilistic matching. Integrations with other PDMP systems are listed, along with interstate data-sharing partners. Dates for the installation of various PDMP policies are listed. Enrollment and accounts of PDMP users are reported, along with enrollment mandates. As of March 16, 2021, drug prescribers and dispensers are mandated to use the PDMP. Training on PDMP enrollment and use is reported. Unsolicited alerts/reports are provided to practitioners not enrolled in PDMP. Policies for veterinarians’ participation in and use of the PDMP are reported.

Date Published: January 1, 2021