By Audrey Landers
Effective today, Thursday, February 15, 2018 all Maryland healthcare providers that prescribe or dispense controlled dangerous substances (CDS) will be required to register as part of the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP) in order to obtain or renew their CDS registration.
If you have already registered with the PDMP then you will have no issues with obtaining or renewing your CDS as PDMP registration never expires, even if you don’t use it.
If you are not registered with the PDMP and try to obtain or renew your CDS license then your application and payment will be returned to you with a notification that PDMP registration is required.
If you are not registered with the PDMP, you can register for free on their homepage.
If you aren’t sure whether you are registered with the PDMP or not, you can check by attempting to register. If you fill out the form and you have already registered then the system will state that you have been registered and send you a confirmation code to enter.
About the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program
A PDMP is a state-run electronic database that is used to track controlled substances. Maryland’s PDMP monitors Schedule II-V drugs. Healthcare practitioners can use the database to electronically report the prescription and distribution of controlled substances. This information can then be accessed by physicians, nurse practitioners, and others in order to care for their patients. Healthcare professionals may only access information regarding their own patients. The PDMP also supports research and education related to prescription drug abuse and the opioid epidemic.