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Springfield prescription drug monitoring program begins data collection

Springfield’s local prescription drug monitoring program will start collecting data Friday.

Bills to enact drug monitoring programs were passed by the Springfield City Council and the Greene County Commission in July.

Gov. Eric Greitens also signed an executive order in July to create a prescription monitoring program after failed attempts to do so by the Missouri Legislature, but several cities and counties in the state have their own programs.

Pharmacies will begin collecting information about the controlled medications they dispense in September, and the information will be uploaded into a secure database run by a company called Appriss.

Dispensers will be required to submit a variety of information to the database, including date, dosage and code information on the drugs and identifiers for the patients.

Prescribers, such as doctors and nurse practitioners, can begin registering with the drug monitoring program on Friday as well. They are not required to register.

Prescribers will be able to access the data on October 1.

Read more: Springfield News-Leader

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