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NEW REQUIREMENT: Prescription Monitoring

Date: 10/11/18

Effective September 1, 2019, House Bill 2561, known as the Texas State Board of Pharmacy (TSBP) “Sunset Bill,” will require all prescribers and dispensers to check the Texas Prescription Monitoring Program (PMP) when they prescribe or dispense opioids, benzodiazepines, barbiturates or carisoprodol.

The Sunset Bill also requires Texas-licensed pharmacies to report all dispensed controlled substances records to the PMP no later than the next business day after the prescription is filled.

By utilizing the PMP, providers can help reduce controlled substance abuse among patients. The PMP is an electronic database used to collect and monitor prescription data for all Schedule II, III, IV and V controlled substances dispensed by pharmacies in Texas, or dispensed to a Texas resident from a pharmacy located in another state.

The PMP gives registered users immediate access to real-time patient prescription data to assist prescribers and pharmacies in making informed decisions when prescribing and dispensing controlled substances. Providers who prescribe controlled substances can use the PMP to:

  • Verify prescriber or patient records
  • Monitor patient prescription filling history
  • Identify past or current patient prescription use or overuse
  • Analyze prescribing trends, such as duplications or overprescribing

The Texas Medical Board provided licensee contact information to the TSBP, which automatically created accounts for providers earlier in 2018. However, each prescriber must manually finalize their account by registering at https://texas.pmpaware.net/login.

Important Resources

For information on the PMP or prescribing opioids, please review:

For help registering or using the PMP, contact PMP Customer Support at 1-844-489-4767 or reference one of the following resources:

For any additional information or questions on the PMP, please contact TSBP by: