Prescription Review is Washington state’s prescription monitoring program, a crucial tool in helping to stem the frequency of medication abuse and overdose. Started in 2011 and run through the Department of Health, the Prescription Review uses a secure platform to allow a prescribing physician to access crucial patient information before prescribing, such as duplicate prescribing, misuse, drug interactions, and other potential concerns. This information can help to determine appropriate medical treatment and referral needs. As physicians, you play a crucial role in protecting your patients’ health and safety.
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Responding to physician concerns regarding the program’s usability, the WSMA helped pass legislation in 2016 making it easier for facilities and physician groups to access Prescription Review. For more detailed information on the improvements being made to Prescription Review—including easier, expanded access—review Confronting the Opioid Epidemic: Appropriately Treating Pain While Stopping Abuse, a WSMA/WSHA/DOH webinar originally aired on June 10. Find the webinar and slides on the WSHA website.