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Prescription Drug Monitoring Program: Iowa State 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 Iowa state Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP).



The Iowa Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (acronym PMP) is administered by the Iowa Board of Pharmacy. The email address is provided, along with the URLs of the PMP website and related websites for registering, queries, data upload, statistics, and statute/regulation. Contact information is provided for the PMP Executive Officer and the PMP Associate Director. In 2020, the state population was 3,1923,406, and there were 17,783 DEA-registered prescribers and 730 DEA-registered dispensers. Ten data transmitters are listed. The substances monitored by PMP are naloxone/narcan administrations and drugs listed in Schedules II-V. Eighteen types of reports are provided by PMP. PMP has 14 statistical capabilities. There are 36 classes of authorized PMP users and 44 engaged PMP users, including 6 types of law enforcement users and various representatives of healthcare and prescription drug fields. The PMP budget for 2021 is $727,350. One full-time and three part-time employees are involved in PMP administrative tasks, and a part-time employee performs analytical tasks;  two full-time and two part-time employees perform “other” tasks. The technologies used in PMP operations are listed. Types of “patient matching” are manual matching, probabilistic matching and both probabilistic and manual matching. Interstate data-sharing partners are listed. The dates of significant developments in PMP are reported, and 15 capabilities of PMP are listed. Drug dispensers and prescribers are required to enroll in PMP. Prescriber use of the PMP is mandatory. Other statutory mandates related to PMP are also indicated. Training on the enrollment in and use of PMP is provided for dispensers and Licensing Board members. Veterinarians are not required to report the drugs they dispense, since these are reported by dispensing pharmacies.