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Required Review FAQ

  • 1. What is the definition of an opiate?

    Answer: Per MN Statute Sect. 152.01 Subd. 11"opiate" means any dangerous substance having an addiction forming or addiction sustaining liability similar to morphine or being capable of conversion into a drug having such addiction forming or addiction sustaining liability.
    Additionally, opiate means any natural or synthetic product that works in a manner similar to morphine.
    All Schedules II-V opiate controlled substances are listed under section 152.02.
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  • 2. Are pharmacists required to review the MN PMP prior to dispensing an opiate?

    Answer: No, pharmacists are not included in the statutory requirement to review their patients’ history prior to dispensing opiates. However, pharmacists are encouraged to use the PMP in accordance with MN Statute Sect. 152.126 Subd. 6.
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  • 3. Are veterinarians required to review the MN PMP prior to prescribing an opiate?

    Response from the Board: There is language in MN Statute Sect. 152.126 that would seem to require veterinarians to check the PMP before issuing opiate prescriptions. However, other language excludes veterinarians from the requirement to register for a PMP account.  Since the Legislature did not change the law to require veterinarians to have an account, it is reasonable to assume that the Legislature did not intend the requirement to check the PMP to apply to veterinarians.
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  • 4. What is the Board's definition of initial prescription as it applies to this statute?

    Answer: The first instance in which you, as a prescriber assess a patient’s current condition and determine a controlled substance is to be prescribed under your authority.
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  • 5. What is the Board's definition of ongoing provider/patient relationship of a duration of longer than one year as it applies to this statute?

    Answer: This means that the provider has been treating the patient or has otherwise had  responsibility for at least a portion of the patient’s care for at least the previous twelve months.
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  • 6. I am not sure if my patient's situation is covered under one of the exemptions listed in MN Statute Sect. 152.126 subd. 6(d), do I need to search under this particular situation?

    Answer: In permissible use situations, you are encouraged to access your patient’s prescription history data. However, we recommend you consult with your legal counsel to determine the appropriate course of action.
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  • 7. The statute reads that review is not required if the controlled substance is prescribed or administered to a patient who is admitted to an inpatient hospital. Does this include medications ordered at discharge for outpatient use?

    Answer: Though it is not required for prescribers caring for patients that are admitted to a hospital for inpatient care to review their patient’s PMP history prior to prescribing an opiate to be dispensed at or after discharge, the Board encourages all providers to utilize best clinical judgement and review the PMP history of their patients when prescribing opiates when access is permissible per  MN Statutes Sect. 152.126 Subd. 6.
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  • 8. Is there functionality within MN PMP AWARxE to show that I reviewed my patient's PMP history?

    Answer: Yes. Your MN PMP account retains the last 120 days of requests performed by you or your delegates on your behalf. (Login to your account, select: Menu/ RxSearch/ Requests History.)
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  • 9. What are the consequences if I choose not to review the PMP prior to prescribing opiates?

    Answer: You may be subject to disciplinary action by your health licensing board.
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  • 10. My practice is located in a Minnesota border state. I see patients that live in both Minnesota and my home practice state (i.e., WI). Do I need to search the Minnesota PMP when I prescribe for a patient that lives in Minnesota or is filling an opiate in Minnesota?

    Answer: You are not required to use the MN PMP system for your search. Minnesota Statute Sect 152.126 subd. 6(d) applies only to prescribers practicing within Minnesota.  However, we do recommend you utilize the PMP in your practice state and include MN in your multi-state search criteria.  Other states may have similar or additional requirements; searching with an out-of-state PMP may fail to meet qualifications of your state’s requirements.
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  • 11. The facility I practice in is located in Minnesota, on the border of another state. Should I use the Minnesota PMP system or the other state's program, or do I need to use both?

    Answer: If you are practicing in Minnesota, thus prescribing in Minnesota, you must follow the requirements in Minnesota Statute Sect 152.126 subd. 6(d).  This includes accessing the MN PMP and searching for your patient’s controlled substance history.  The MN PMP has established agreements with all four border states which allows your search to include prescriptions dispensed in those states.
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  • 12. How soon am I required to report a technical issue to the Board?

    Answer: Communicating system technical issues immediately will not always be possible. To ensure your compliance is documented, it is recommended to note the issue in your patient’s chart as soon as possible. Communicating the technical failure to the Board is expected within 7 calendar days.
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  • 13. How do I report an inability to access a patient's history report due to MN PMP AWARxE operational or technological failure?

    Answer: Contact the Bamboo Assistance Team.  You can report this by phone or by submitting a ticket online.
    By phone at 1-844-966-4767; or,
    Create a ticket for support: If you haven't already, create an account with Bamboo Assistance, choose "I'm experiencing an error."
    Additionally, it is not required but recommended to document inability to access PMP data within your patient’s chart.
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  • 14. I reviewed my patient's PMP history report and it shows a prescription associated to me that I did not prescribe. How can this be corrected?

    Answer: Data submitted to the PMP comes directly from the dispenser of the prescription. If you did not prescribe the prescription in question, please contact the pharmacy listed within the report as the dispenser. The pharmacy is required to correct any reporting errors.
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  • 15. I reviewed my patient's PMP report and I have found some concerning history. Where can I find guidance?

    On our website and within your AWARxE account, there is a link to the Fast-Tracker which serves as a search tool specifically for Minnesota substance use disorder resources.  You may also discuss the report with your patient or contact other healthcare providers within the report in an effort to coordinate care.
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  • 16. I received a communication by U.S. Mail or email regarding the requirement to review the PMP. Is this legit or am I being scammed?

    Answer: The Board of Pharmacy, Prescription Monitoring Program continues to work with academic organizations to send messages to providers based on prescribing and PMP utilization. These letters are sent from the Board and are not intended to suggest how you should conduct your practice, but rather to offer information about required registration and/or use of the MN PMP.
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