Ohio’s Use of a Prescription Drug Monitoring Program is Best in the Nation

The American Medical Association (AMA) has released a fact sheet showing that Ohio leads the nation in prescription drug monitoring.

The fact sheet contains data of each state’s registration for and use of prescription drug monitoring programs since 2014. As of 2016, Ohio has processed more than 24 million queries from physicians and other health professionals through the Board of Pharmacy’s Ohio Automated Rx Reporting System (OARRS)—far more than any other state.

The Ohio Office of Health Transformation attributes this success rate to Governor John Kasich’s decision in 2015 to integrate OARRS directly into electronic medical records and pharmacy dispensing systems across the state, allowing instant access for prescribers and pharmacists. These improvements make it easier to track the number of opioids dispensed to Ohio patients, which the AMA reports have decreased 20% in Ohio since 2013.     

To access the fact sheet, click here. For more information about OARRS, click here.

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