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Prescription Drug Monitoring Program

The Florida Prescription Drug Monitoring Program, known as E-FORCSE® (Electronic-Florida Online Reporting of Controlled Substance Evaluation Program), was created by the 2009 Florida Legislature in an initiative to encourage safer prescribing of controlled substances and to reduce drug abuse and diversion within the state of Florida. Controlled substance dispensing information is submitted to the database by dispensers and made available for consultation by prescribers.

Important Information for Data Submitters (Pharmacies and Dispensing Health Care Practitioners)

Dispensers of controlled substances are required to report to the PDMP each time a controlled substance in schedules II, III, IV, and V are dispensed to a patient, as soon thereafter as possible but no later than close of business the day after the prescription is dispensed.

Important Information for Data Requestors (Prescribers and Pharmacists)

Each prescriber and dispenser or his or her designee has a duty to consult the PDMP system to review a patient’s controlled substance dispensing history each time a controlled substance is prescribed or dispensed to a patient age 16 or older unless a statutory exemption applies.

Statutory exemptions include:

  • If the patient is less than 16 years of age
  • Drug being prescribed is a nonopioid schedule V
  • System is not operational
  • Requestor has technological or electrical failure

Failure to consult in the PDMP may result in a non-disciplinary citation by the regulatory board.

You may register for the PDMP at https://florida.pmpaware.net

For more information, go to www.e-forcse.com

Frequently Asked Questions

Prescribers, dispensers and their designees may register for access at https://florida.pmpaware.net.

To review a patient's controlled substance dispensing history prior to prescribing or dispensing a controlled substance in Schedules II-V, as defined in section 893.03, F.S., for patients age 16 and older.

 

  • If the PDMP system is not operational as determined by DOH, or
  • The PDMP cannot be accessed by the prescribing/dispensing practitioner due to a temporary technological or electrical failure or
  • When prescribing or dispensing a nonopioid Schedule V drug or
  • The patient is less than 16 years of age

 

The prescribing/dispensing practitioner must document in the patient’s record the reason the PDMP was not consulted and may prescribe or dispense no more than a 3-day supply of a controlled substance.

Yes

The DOH will issue a non-disciplinary citation for the initial offense.

Any subsequent offense will result in disciplinary action against the prescribing/dispensing practitioner’s license. Disciplinary guidelines are individually established by the appropriate licensing board.

A prescription for a controlled substance listed in Schedule II may not be refilled. However, the dispensing practitioner must consult the PDMP before filling a prescription for a controlled substance listed in Schedule III, Schedule IV, or Schedule V.

The statute does not provide any guidance on how far in advance the PDMP may be consulted. Please refer to your Board's website for further guidance.

The PDMP must be consulted each time a prescription for a controlled substance is written.

Schedules II, III, IV, and V drugs must all be reported.

Yes. Any schedule V controlled substances that are non-opioids and prescriptions dispensed to patients under the age of 16.

 

  1. The telephone number of the person for whom the prescription was written, in addition to the name, address, and date of birth the prescriber currently inputs;
  2. Whether the prescription is an initial prescription or a refill, and the number of refills prescribed;
  3. The name of the individual picking up the controlled substance prescription and the type and issuer of the identification provided; and
  4. The pharmacy's DOH-issued permit number or the dispensing practitioner’s DOH-issued license number

 

Yes. Information that is more than 4 years old.

 

  1. The pharmacy permit number or the dispensing health care practitioner's license number.
  2. The name of the individual picking up the controlled substance prescription and type and issuer of the identification provided.

 

A prescribing practitioner can put in refills on a Schedule 3, 4, and 5 substance if the PDMP is consulted before the original prescribing. A prescriber is required to consult the PDMP on new prescriptions. However, a dispenser must consult the PDMP on the new prescription and on each subsequent refill.